Unions lead mass protests in Argentina against anti-worker policies
Tens of thousands on streets against government job cuts, lifting of restrictions on imports and other anti-worker policies
Argentina's CGT Labor Federation backed by other unions are leading protests in Buenos Aries against government job cuts, the lifting of restrictions on imports and other anti-worker policies of President Mauricio Macri.
Union leaders, including UNI’s affiliates are demanding salary increases to match high inflation and are planning to stage a nationwide strike if their demands are not met by Macri's government.
Thousands of teachers also took to the streets of the capital as part of a two-day national strike demanding a wage increase.
Tens of thousands of state employees have been dismissed since Macri took office last year.
UNI America’s President Ruben Cortina said, “These three days of struggle will be remembered as the moment we drew a line in the sand against Macri’s attempt to restore neoliberalism and austerity measures in our country. The teachers’ unions and the services’ unions have made their voices heard and today on International Women’s Day, the call for an end to these misguided and irresponsible austerity policies will be amplified by women all over our country who will take to the streets. The people of Argentina are fighting back.”