The first general strike in Argentina against Milei's reforms comes to an end

Argentina ended the half-day general strike called by the government General Confederation of Trade Unions and supported, among others, by political parties and social and human rights organizations after a march in which tens of thousands of people took part in Buenos Aires.

The first major battle between Argentine unionists and the government of ultra-liberal Javier Milei, which began at 12:00 p.m., ended at midnight today, after a day that passed without significant incidents or unrest.

The CGT leaders’ promises of “fight on“Against the reforms advocated by the Milei Executive, the speech of the central event was centered in the Plaza del Congreso, the epicenter of the protest, a symbolic place within the framework of the discussion of the bill Fundamentals and starting points for the freedom of Argentinos, better known as “Omnibus law', which will be debated in the House of Commons next week.

Follow-up to the strike

The country's main Peronist-inspired trade union center called on about 600,000 people, according to its information, 130,000 according to the Buenos Aires city police and 40,000 according to the Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich, in the first general Argentina has experienced a government strike since May 2019 Mauricio Macri (2015-2019).

Under his leadership there were five general strikes, during which the Peronist Alberto Fernandez (2019-2023) had none in his mandate, which ended on December 10, when Milei took office.

Despite the dance of numbers, the truth is that despite January, the summer holiday month in the south, the streets of Buenos Aires were anything but that of a place of total unemployment, largely due to the operation of public transport. .

The transport sector was suspended from 7:00 p.m. to allow those who wanted to go to the demonstration to do so and return to their homes.

The sector most affected was aviation

The sector most affected was undoubtedly air transport 295 cancellations and rescheduling of 26 flights Argentine Airlineswhich affected 20,000 passengers, particularly at Ministerio Pistarini International Airport and Jorge Newbery Airport.

The executive estimated that “the CGT strike is costing the country” at $1.5 billion (about 1.378 million euros), money that could be used to “build routes, hospitals and schools,” it published on its social network account X Javier Lanari, Undersecretary of Press of the Presidency.

The CGT called for this protest when 18 days had passed after the inauguration Javier Milei as President of Argentina, an event that took place on December 10th.

Now, a month and a half after that date, the protest focused on the Decision on necessity and urgency (DNU), which came into force on December 29th and is still under judicial protection on several points, and the “Omnibus Law” project.

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