The General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the largest labor union in Argentina, carried out this Monday a massive mobilization in Buenos Aires to advocate for the unity of Peronism and ask for more employment and production to overcome the economic crisis that is dragging the South American country.
The massive union march, called to commemorate the traditional “Peronist loyalty day”, He closed with the reading of a document, in which the unions that make up the CGT, of Peronist roots, vindicated the “Flags of development, production and work” of the justicialista movement founded by the three times Argentine president Juan Domingo Perón (1895-1974).
The labor union affirmed that its responsibility to “Majority representation”Of the workers summons the unions to the “Defense of the national productive apparatus”, “The demand for economic policies that promote the generation of genuine employment” and “a fair redistribution of wealth “, and the “reconstruction” of a state “here I’m” and “Regulator of the economy.”
The CGT requested “Deepen social dialogue” to achieve consensus that allows “Put productive employment at the center of public policies to overcome the situation that today marginalizes the most vulnerable sectors, which deepens social inequalities and conditions the uniform and equitable growth of our country.”
“Argentina and our Government face a decisive instance to overcome the economic and social crisis inherited and dramatically aggravated by the effects of the pandemic”, said the CGT in its proclamation.
SIGNS BEFORE THE CRISIS
Severely affected by the covid-19 pandemic, Argentina’s economy collapsed 9.9% in 2020 and this year, despite the recovery of activity, severe social problems persist, with a poverty rate of 40.6% in the first semester.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell in the second quarter of the year to 9.6%, its lowest level since the end of 2019, but with high rates of informality and little creation of jobs in the formal sector.
Furthermore, the high inflation rate -52.5% year-on-year in September- undermines the purchasing power of wage earners.
This complex economic scenario has unleashed controversies within the government of the Peronist Alberto Fernández, which was involved in an internal crisis after the defeat of the ruling party in the legislative primary elections last September and which led to changes in the ministerial cabinet.
In this context, the CGT, whose leaders make up a wing of Peronism different from that of Kirchnerism, said this Monday that “The depth of the current crisis requires very clear signals.”
“That is why we march as the expression of unity of the workers, as a symbol of unity of the organized labor movement and with a vocation to sustain the unity of Peronism”, said the workers’ central.
THE OTHER ACT
The sectors of Kirchnerism that respond directly to Vice President Cristina Fernández opted, in fact, to call another event for the “day of loyalty”, different from the one organized by the CGT.
That act, also in the capital, was held this Sunday, coinciding with a new anniversary of the massive labor mobilization that on October 17, 1945, copped Buenos Aires to demand the release of Juan Domingo Perón, who would later be elected president of the country. on three occasions.
Neither Alberto Fernández nor Cristina Fernández attended any of the commemorations, which took place with almost a month remaining for the legislative elections called for next November 14 and in which the ruling party is playing its majority position in Parliament.