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The CGT (General Confederation of Labor), the largest union center in Argentina, announced this Thursday (11) the second general strike against the fiscal adjustment made by the country’s president, Javier Milei.

The strike was scheduled for May 9, after the leader of the Argentine far right redefined the bills defeated by Congress in recent months. “It cannot be adjusted on the most vulnerable sectors”, states the confederation’s management. The CGT informed that it will also call for a mobilization on May 1st on the occasion of Labor Day.

“On May 9th we will go on a 24-hour strike due to the systematic readjustment, with a very clear execution for retirees”, said Héctor Daer, one of the main leaders of the CGT, in a press conference after the meeting.

This week, a meeting between representatives of the union center and members of the government made no progress in negotiations. Among the agendas were the union movement’s attempt to unlock the approval of salary increases, mainly for truck drivers.

Another important axis that motivates the action is the wave of layoffs that the Milei government has been promoting in a series of public bodies in the country.

Unlike what happened in January, when Javier Milei’s government sent a set of proposals without due prior consensus, this time, the aim is to reach the parliamentary debate with the agreements already established.

“We sent these last drafts as a final check, to confirm that we are all on the same page,” said an official contributor. At the end of January, the CGT promoted the first general strike against the Milei government.

At the time, the action, which took hundreds of thousands of people to the streets in several cities in Argentina, was a signal from union organizations against the Decree of Necessity and Urgency (DNU) that Milei was trying to approve in Congress, as well as against the law on government bases.

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