Wildcat strike on Buenos Aires underground?

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May 21 2007 16:22
Wildcat strike on Buenos Aires underground?

Apparently there was one on Thursday which caused traffic chaos - but I can't read the article cos it's subscription only. Anyone know any more?

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/editorial/editorial_english.jsp?idContent=385873

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May 21 2007 17:00

hmm, don´t know anything about a strike.
what happened though is that on tuesday evening, apparently when passengers were requested to leave a defunct train they started to set the train station on fire, also some looting and arbitrary destruction in adjacent streets. police used tear gas and rubber bullets. 16 arrested, 12 coppers injured, 9 people treated for smoke poisoning.

edit: just looked around the net a bit, there was a 24-hour wildcat strike on thursday, because workers didn´t accept the agreement their union had found with metrovías, the company that owns the subway. the workers demand a 20% wage increase, but the company only agreed to half of that.

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May 21 2007 17:47

Got a few sources for this one, give me a couple of hours.

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May 21 2007 18:30

I'll do the strike one as a seperate piece these riots are pretty frequent, there's a good story here, nice spot.

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May 22 2007 11:16

Shit well nice one jef!

For reference, here are the stories:
http://libcom.org/news/argentina-wildcat-strike-buenos-aires-metro-21052007
http://libcom.org/news/argentina-railway-station-burnt-passengers-21052007

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May 22 2007 17:43

Kirchner's pulled the plug. Government subsidies on at least some lines have been suspended due to "grave and repeated" contract violations on the part of management.

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May 30 2007 16:26

A comrade in Buenos Aires writes:

"About the subtes, I can tell that the conflict it`s that the workers have themselves organized by council of delegates and they don`t accept the arrangement between the syndicate and the bosses. In this situation the workers are doing some actions (like free open the service) to break and change the arrangement.
In other side, the passengers of the Roca Train fired up the Constitution Station in an angry an spontaneous action against the miserable conditions of the ride. http://argentina.indymedia.org/features/buenosaires/"

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May 30 2007 16:30

And it's wild that they torched parts of the Constitution Station. This big station is in a somewhat tough area surrounded by numerous rent-by-the-hour hooker hotels -- but also pretty close to the center of the city.

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Jun 1 2007 22:56

after taking two railway lines out of the control of a private company kirchner has now announced to bring the whole railway system as well as public transport in buenos aires back under the control of the state. it was during a speech that was part of his election campaign tough, so it is not clear when this is supposed to happen nor what it will mean for the subway workers.