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ARGENTINA | 26-06-2018 10:01

'Here, we work': Macri takes aim at union movement over strike

The Mauricio Macri government spent much of Monday asserting the financial and cultural costs of the CGT union confederation’s general strike.

“Here, we work”, was the phrase President Mauricio Macri used yesterday to challenge the union movement over its decision to bring the country to a halt with a general strike.

The President posted a short video on social media on a day in which workers in the public transport, taxi, air travel, banking and education sectors walked off the job.

“Here, we work”, Macri said, as he walked through an entrance at Government House.

The jibe prompted praise and fury, as the rest of his government spent much of the day asserting the financial and cultural costs of the CGT union confederation’s general strike.

“The strike today will cost Argentines nearly 29 billion pesos (US$ 1 billion). The only way to get the country moving forward is by working”, Economy Minister Nicolás Dujovne said via Twitter.

“[Tax] evaders like [Nicolás] Dujovne cost [Argentina] more than the strike”, CTA union leader Hugo Yasky responded during a press conference.

“The people of Argentina do not want the International Monetary Fund (IMF) interfering in economic decision, they don’t want any more austerity, price hikes and of course, they want collective wage bargaining”, he charged.

-TIMES

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