During the participation of the Autonomous CTA at the 105th International Labour Conference, the union released a statement on the current situation in Argentina.
The document describes the situation in the country for the past 5 and a half months since Mauricio Macri took office in December last year, and denounces the austerity measures carried out by the government.
It also refers to the anti-layoffs bill approved by Congress and vetoed by President Macri. “The last dramatic step taken against the workers by the president was his veto of the law against layoffs on the 20th of May, which was voted by a vast majority in the parliament. As a consequence, the federations of unions are currently analizing the posibility of a national strike in order to repudiate the dismissals, the politics of the government and the entrepreneurial impunity,” reads the statement.
The CTA-A also denounces the possible free trade agreement with the European Union. “The situation is getting even worse, when considering that the government is working to sign the free trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, approves of the liberalization of the market for foreign products and is reaching out to the Pacific Alliance, all of which will further weaken labour rights, national industries, employment as well as the protection of consumers and the environment. To stop these plans, the CTA-A takes part in the campaign “Argentina better without Free Trade Agreements”.