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ARGENTINA | 20-02-2018 10:31

Concern about fuel supply as unions prepare for anti-gov't march

Wednesday's protest marks the definitive breakdown of relations between union kingpin Hugo Moyano and the national government of President Mauricio Macri.

Some of Argentina’s most powerful unionised workers will march on downtown Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

The protest marks the definitive breakdown of relations between union kingpin, former Teamsters' union boss, Hugo Moyano, and the national government of President Mauricio Macri.

The march is scheduled for 3pm and will finish at the corner of Belgrano and 9 de Julio avenues where Moyano is expected to deliver a fiery address against the government.

The Macri administration has sought to limit the power of the nation's influential unions in the country’s transport and logistics sectors. Moyano claims unions are being "persecuted."

Many of his fellow union leaders have pulled out of the protest despite claiming they “support” the essence of Moyano’s complaints. Others, like Food and Beverage leader Rodolfo Daer, have labelled the protest a “whim” on the part of the former Teamsters’ union boss who is facing several corruption charges.

In January, President Macri told Radio Mitre: “(Hugo) Moyano shouldn’t have any reason to be nervous. Instead he should go to the Judiciary and show that everything is in order.”

Other power players in the union movement who will not participate in the protest are: Antonio Caló (metal workers union), Carlos Acuña (gas station workers) and Luis Barrionuevo (gastronomic workers).

There is also concern about whether the supply of fuel in the City will last the entire day. While gas stations have not adhered to the protest, delivery truck drivers have.

-TIMES

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