The Argentine judiciary responded to a request from the National Confederation of Labor (CGT), the country’s main trade union, and suspended the effects of the labor reform provided for in the “decree” launched by the government of ultra-rightist Javier Milei last December. The court decision published this Wednesday (3) is precautionary, that is, it temporarily suspends the measure.

The decision was taken by the National Chamber of Labor Appeals, the first instance of the Argentine judiciary for appeals on labor issues. The court argued that the need or urgency of taking the decision without consulting the Argentine Congress, responsible for legislation, has not been proven.

The “decree” is formally called Decree of Necessity and Urgency (DNU), and is provided for in the Argentine Constitution. However, the Executive branch can only dictate this type of decree when there are exceptional circumstances and it is not possible to wait for Congress to meet.

Among other measures, the Milei government’s labor reform extends the trial period for new employees from three to eight months (increasing the period in which employers could dismiss new workers without paying compensation).

There was also authorization for the dismissal of workers who participate in pickets or occupy work environments during strikes or strikes, in addition to changes in overtime compensation systems.

According to the Argentine newspaper The nation, this Wednesday’s court decision surprised the government. O Clarionanother daily from the neighboring country, said that the government will appeal to higher courts to overturn the precautionary decision published by the Labor Appeals Chamber.

Editing: Nicolau Soares


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