Last Tuesday November 20th, the Argentine Workers' Central (CTA) together with the General Labour Confederation (CGT) carried out a national strike in Argentina with a set of demands for the administration of Cristina Kirchner.
The strike was the first of its kind in the last decade, and it signified the first large expression of the strategy of 'unity in action' agreed upon by the labour movement to confront with the government's policies.
The demands included:
A minimum wage at the same level than the basket of basic goods.
A reform to the income tax system, increasing the weight of the tax on high incomes and reducing it on the average wages.
Additional end-of-year compensation due to high inflation rates.
Universalization of family benefits.
The immediate stop to open-pit mining in the Andes mountains.
The strike had a significant impact on the economy, producing an estimated loss of more than 2 billion Argentine pesos (around 500 million US dollars), mainly affecting the public sector, transport, banking and education.
The CTA invites international fraternity from unions from around the world, to be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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