Argentine Strikes On April 30 & May 1, 2019

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There are two strikes in Argentina this week on Tuesday and Wednesday that will disrupt air travel. Many foreign carriers have preemptively canceled their flights to Buenos Aires for these two days

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There is a general strike on April 30th and transport union workers strike on May 1st which is also a public holiday (international workers day).

Here’s an excerpt from Buenos Aires Times (access here):

Unionised workers opposed to the Macri administration will walk off the job on Tuesday April 30 for a general strike.

The decision was announced Friday at a press conference where union kingpin Hugo Moyano and union allies took aim at the CGT union confederation for its perceived inaction against the Mauricio Macri government.

Meanwhile, a separate strike by transport unions was confirmed for May 1, International Day of the Worker, a public holiday in Argentina.

“We don’t know what the CGT wants. Thousands of workers have lost their jobs (during the Macri administration) and they do nothing”, Moyano said

Conclusion

The general strike is against the current government that tries to get the country’s financials back in order after years of mismanagement under the previous administrations.

Transport workers are protesting against job losses in the sector. Not quite sure how striking would enhance their positions.

If you are flying within, to or from Argentina on April 30th and May 1st, you should check if the flight is operating. Those who are flying on “Community Carriers” (read European airlines) can expect to receive duty to care such as accommodation and meals even when the delay is outside of airlines’ control.

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