Argentina: the main union center calls a general strike on January 24

Demonstrators against the economic policies of Argentine President Javier Milei, in Buenos Aires on December 27. AGUSTIN MARCARIAN / REUTERS

This call for mobilization aims to protest against the first decrees and bills of the presidency, considered ultraliberal, of the new president Javier Milei.

Argentina’s main trade union center, the CGT, called for a general strike on January 24 to protest against the first decrees and bills of the new president’s presidency, considered ultraliberal. This is the first time in 40 years of democracy that an Argentine president has had to face a general strike a month and a half after coming to power. Hector Daer, general secretary of the CGT, announced during a press conference the strike and a mobilization planned before parliament which will then examine the deregulatory bills “which go against the whole of society» and concentrate «all public authorities» about the president.

The mobilization, continued the union leader, aims in particular at a “decree of necessity and emergency» published on December 20 by the government, paving the way for massive deregulation of the economy, but “illegal and unconstitutional nature“. “This decree attacks the individual rights of workers, collective rights, a universal and united health system, and a countless number of subjects who constitute our country“, insisted Hector Daer. “In less than a week they transform Argentina and bring us back to pastoral Argentina“, he denounced. Javier Milei, ultraliberal and “anarcho-capitalist» as he describes himself, has since his inauguration on December 10 published a decree to deregulate the economy through the repeal of some 300 standards.

A decree technically in force from Friday, but subject to further approval by parliament. He also continued his momentum “liberal» by submitting to parliament on Wednesday a detailed set of projects or amendments to laws, affecting a multitude of areas in the public and private sphere: a jumble of tax matters, electoral matters, the working day, the calculation of pensions, control and sanctions of demonstrations, or the establishment of a “express divorce“.

This vast package of reforms, called “omnibus law» must also be examined by parliament, and legal opinions differ on the actual time – months, even years according to some – that it would take to examine the approximately 600 articles.

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