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Argentina general strike brings Buenos Aires to a halt

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Argentina general strike brings Buenos Aires to a halt


Protesters brought Buenos Aires to a standstill on Thursday during a 24 hour general strike against high inflation and taxes.

Price increases and the devaluation of the peso have caused many smaller demos against Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner explained Patricio Giusto, political analyst and director of Diagnostico Politico, consultancy firm.

“Already beginning in April there was a really heavy focus on collective wage bargaining issues that have yet to be resolved. There are still teacher union strikes in seven provinces, there are various other labour unions protesting and now this strike of the 10th of April is likely to add fire to already heated social conditions,” said Giusto.

With inflation at 30 percent many Argentinians are feeling the pinch, and economists warn the economy is slowing due to a lack of confidence in its future.

If the government fails to meet the demands for higher pay and lower taxes, the main union threatens to continue strikes and for longer in future.

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