More than 70 Argentine national unions will participate in a general strike on May 29 led by the General Confederation of Workers (CGT) against President Mauricio Macri and his administration’s economic policies. This will be the fifth nationwide workers’ strike since Macri took office in 2015.
In Buenos Aires, several grassroots organizations announced that they will set “popular pots” in the streets and give away food to demonstrators to “show the hunger” that Argentines have had to live for the past three years due to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) structural adjustment policies.
The nationwide strike is supported by the Argentine Confederation of Transport Workers (CATT), an influential organization that brings together 20 unions of port, maritime, aeronautical, urban and railroad workers.The nation’s services and industries will likely be at a standstill as the many unions are expected to join demonstrations. Train services, bus services
“If the CGT had called the strike before, instead of waiting for the Argentinean government to resolve the situation, there would not be so many workers fired today,” said Palazzo as reported by local media Señales.
The National Union of Justice Employees, the Association of Public Workers (ATE), the National Union of Civilian Personnel (UPCN) will also be present in the national strike.
This massive protest is the Argentinean’s response to a government whose policies have generated recession, devaluation and price hikes. In the last year, inflation reached a 54 percent rate and output contraction was 2.5 percent, which rose unemployment to almost 10 percent and the poverty rate to over 32 percent.