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ARGENTINA | 28-04-2019 16:52

Argentines brace for 2 days of strikes affecting transport, services

Wednesday will be a particular headache for commuters and passengers with widespread delays and cancellations expected across public and private transport.

Public transport, schools, rubbish collection services, hospitals and banks will shut down tomorrow as Argentines brace for two days of non-activity.

The CGT union umbrella, allied to union kingpin Hugo Moyano, who is vehemently opposed to the Mauricio Macri administration, will walk off the job tomorrow.

Unions "reject the economic policies" of Macri's Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition "because of its destruction of industry, the current levels of unemployment and the poverty," the CGT said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Moyano called for “the hardening of our struggle” against the Macri government and its austerity measures. The general strike was “what our comrades are demanding of us from all sectors”, he said. “We cannot continue down this path. It (the situation for workers) is getting worse every day”.

Joining the powerful Teamsters' Union led by Moyano's son, Pablo Moyano, are the Bank Workers Association led by Sergio Palazzo and the SMATA mechanics' union led by Ricardo Pignanelli. The CTA union umbrella led by lawmaker and a key ally of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Hugo Yasky, is also adhering to the strike.

A separate group of transport unions will walk off the job on Wednesday, May 1, which is International Workers' Day, also in protest of the Macri government's economic policies.

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Public schools across the country will close their doors on Tuesday with education workers of the CTERA union adhering to the strike.

Rubbish collectors, fuel and mail distribution drivers, and water and beverage distributors are among those striking, with most responding to the CGT and Moyano.

Hospitals are expected to operate with delays akin to a normal Sunday with minimal staffing levels.

All branches of state-owned banks will likely close while private banks will operate with distributions, their unions reported.

Among public and private transport services, only the subte underground in Buenos Aires City will be completely closed during the strike. Buses will operate as normal while flights may suffer delays or cancellations.

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Wednesday will be a particular headache for commuters and passengers with widespread delays and cancellations expected across public and private transport. There will be no trains, buses, boats or flights.

Attention at public hospitals will be limited for a second consecutive day, while banks, schools and public bodies will also close their doors.

-TIMES

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