Sergio Massa wants a union truce, but the CGT distances itself to impose its own agenda

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What separates the Minister of Economy and the workers’ center today. What is behind the insistence on the 17 August march? The political strife behind the lump-sum payment increase. Obscene figures from the Ministry of Labor

Pablo Moyano chaired the plenary session of the Trade Union Front for the National Model, which endorsed the march on August 17.
Pablo Moyano chaired the plenary session of the Trade Union Front for the National Model, which endorsed the march on August 17.

What does the union want to do? login For the new phase of government? his arrival Serj Massa changed cabinet to union leadership critical and pessimistic view about the direction of the ruling party. August 17 march, General Labor Confederation (CGT) at another time of government, administration staggered with Alberto Fernández’s disturbing style and Cristina Kirchner’s unrestrained offense.

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CGT gave him a shot with street protest warning To Frente de Todos, in the face of an internal conflict that aggravates socioeconomic problems, businessmen increasing prices and incidentally competitors Who is on track to win the next election. Now positive expectation workers’ center awakened by the new minister recalculate your strategy, but the levels of internal debate these past few hours reveal: No decision is easy.

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The Renewal Front’s strategists believe: in his tour United States of America seeking financing and investment, Serj Massa must appear with all my might what would they give him Unanimous endorsement of Frente de Todos (especially Cristina Kirchner), business and trade unionism. However, although united to support him, union leadership takes distance Some initiatives of the Minister of Economy: On the one hand, he rejected a mass increase for all workers (promoted by the Vice-President) and on the other hand, the 17 August march approved that Massa must come down to show his strength.

With co-owners Sergio Massa, CGT Carlos Acuña and Héctor Daer
With co-owners Sergio Massa, CGT Carlos Acuña and Héctor Daer
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CGT mobilization became a cause parasitize Regarding the Minister of Economy. This Friday, a senior union leader advised Massa – in line with other similar recommendations – that the CGT do everything possible to lift the protest. No one excludes the intervention of Chief of Staff Juan Manzur in a massive stalemate in the sector that runs the power station (“Gordos”, the independents and Barrio Nueva).

That unionist is one of those who think about it. The CGT cannot welcome the new Minister of Economy by going out on the street to complain about inflation and the unresponsiveness of “policy” to get out of the current crisis. Insisting on walking can be interpreted as: relief valve so that the grievances of the workers are not burdened against the union leaders. And also as a way for government this time, the implementation of the anti-inflation plan is taken seriously.

However, the debate over whether to leave definitions blunt For example, 48 hours ago, Pablo Moyano and his allies K not only approved the August 17 mobilization at the plenary session of the Trade Union Front for the National Model, but also corrected the protesters: As the CGT initially pointed out, they warned it would be for this rather than against the “policy” that contributed to the crisis. “We reject the actions of price-setting entrepreneurs that cause high inflation that threatens the pockets of Argentines.”

that was the original idea Moyanism and the Kirchnerists of the Federal Labor Current, amid the reorganizations produced by Massa’s appointment, thought-provoking autonomy. There is a doubt from some leaders: Aren’t the businessmen that the former Speaker of the House of Deputies needs to calm the economy are businessmen who would be escrachados by a sector of the CGT? How will international organizations and investors read a union attack on businessmen that the government did not stop?

Carlos Acuña, Héctor Daer and Pablo Moyano with the CGT Board of Directors
Carlos Acuña, Héctor Daer and Pablo Moyano with the CGT Board of Directors

There are CGT leaders who choose to disable the march, and there are those who try to deepen it: Close to the leader of the Argentine Teachers’ Union (UDA), Sergio Romero think it’s possible Along with the mobilization of that day, a national teachers’ strike is held.

as predicted information also weighs in the spirit of unity discomfort because The Government continues to delay a Decree of Necessity and Urgency (DNU) under which social services will transfer the value of disability benefits in transport and education to the State, one of the items more expensive for the health union system

Pink House, on top of that, The problems of social services increased after the National Agency for the Disabled, which is affiliated to the General Secretariat of the Presidency, placed an order last Tuesday. 25% increase in tariffs for essential services in the industry.

this open union health system increased much more than expected with strong event disability benefits (rehabilitation, treatment, education and transportation) representing 50% of the collection Redistribution Solidarity Fund (FDS), It is the heart of the social service system that is fed by employee and employer contributions. financing the reimbursement of high-complex benefits and medicines.

With union leaders such as Cristina Kirchner and Alberto Fernández, Hugo Moyano, Pablo Moyano, Sergio Palazzo and Hugo Yasky
With union leaders such as Cristina Kirchner and Alberto Fernández, Hugo Moyano, Pablo Moyano, Sergio Palazzo and Hugo Yasky

The education and transportation costs of disabled members for social projects have been approximately approx. 8 billion pesos per month . The increase was resolved this week will reach 10,000 million pesos per month and approximately 100,000 million pesos per year. And if this item was previously represented 50% of FDS collection, In CGT they predict that now it will reach 71%. At this rate, The social service system will close this year with a fiscal deficit much higher than the expected 50,000 million pesos.

The government suspects that this allegation is one of the following. engines this will bring CGT to the streets. That’s what Alberto Fernández promises. 8 months ago a solution to the financial deficit of social services. Massa knows this but analyzes what to do: transfer these disability benefits to the state, target of reducing the budget deficit brought it up the day he took office.

Amid his own doubts and Massa’s allegations, The CGT approved the march twice in the same week. The first took place at a meeting last Tuesday. little table Cegetist at UPCN. Yesterday, at Azopardo 802’s headquarters, Hector Daer (Health and Jose Luis Lingeri (Obras Sanitarias) piloted a meeting. The mobilization was approved and the organization made progress.

Alberto Fernández and Labor Minister Claudio Moroni
Alberto Fernández and Labor Minister Claudio Moroni

other obstacle for union ceasefire What Massa is looking for Cristina Kirchner’s proposed mass increase for low-income workers in the private sector . The CGT rejects this as “flattening the salary categories” and insists that parity is the best tool for realigning salaries. Basically, additionally, leaving an immediate salary increase at the discretion of the Government politically debilitating. because unionism it would eliminate the window of successful negotiation with businessmen. And most importantly, As the main promoter of this increase, it would bring enormous and almost private political gain to the Vice President.

Among those close to Alberto Fernández, the idea of ​​a Cristina Kirchner linking the idea of ​​a lump-sum increase does not sit well. And at the same time, scroll it wouldn’t be so necessary this source: According to the most recent Panorama of Registered Labor just released by the Department of Labor, “The purchasing power of the average salary of registered jobs in the private sector in May 2022 increased by 3.6% compared to the same month in 2021.” Even the official report adds: “This growth rate of the real average wage is the highest since 2013. (comparing the inter-year variation of May of each year)”.

Examining the workforce portfolio, “most average salary defined in the main collective bargaining agreements. Growth similar to or slightly higher than the Consumer Price Index increase observed through June (IPC-INDEC): In the first six months of the year, from January to June, While the increase in the CPI was 36.2%, the increase in the average contract salary reached a higher value of 38.6% in the same period.

CGT marched for the last time on October 17
CGT marched for the last time on October 17

Even about this Tension Between Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner: Close to the President, he stresses that the paritarias are fully functioning and achieving recompilations that compensate for inflation, while the Vice President’s proposal implicitly hides Casa Rosada’s criticism that salaries cannot match the cost of living.

Indeed, a model for many trade unionists regiment from who The Single Union of Horizontal Hire Construction Workers (SUTERH), led by Víctor Santa María who accepted 134,000 pesos bonus in 7 installments for employees in the industry.

CGT has already informed Massa. I agree with increasing lump. The Minister of Economy is determined to discuss this issue at his meeting with businessmen and trade unionists next Thursday. He’ll put it on the table there too. Pablo Moyano’s proposal to universalize family allowances. “Salaries between 50,000 and 150,000 pesos are the most affected. There we will focus on the work of changing family allowances”, The Renewal Front leader said at his first news conference as a minister.

on this topic so far. no dispute . But for the rest Massa’s struggle for convince trade unionists who gave statements of support when appointed they must turn to gestures that do not weaken it in the face of its difficult task of getting the economy back on track.

Source: Info Bae

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