The Argentine State Workers’ Association (ATE) scheduled a nationwide strike for this Friday (5) and a march towards the Ministry of Economy in Buenos Aires, due to the dismissal of more than 11 thousand workers from different sectors. positions in the national public administration and could increase to 70 thousand in the coming weeks.

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With the motto Without workers, there is no State; Without the State, there are no rightsATE will gather at noon in the city of Buenos Aires, to march to the Ministry of Economy.

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The general secretary of ATE, Rodolfo Aguiar, declared on his account on platform X (formerly Twitter): “The ATE strike is devastating throughout the country. The union demands that the government publish the list of alleged ‘ghost employees’. If the government fails to do so, it must determine the reinstatement and immediate payment of salaries to all those dismissed, as so far it has not been able to prove in any case the alleged cause of ‘non-provision of services’”.

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The union leader stated that there must be a well-founded decision for dismissals and criticizes the government for not carrying out audits or investigations or verifying the responsibilities of each employee before the decision to dismiss them.

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The secretary general also highlighted that the dismissed workers, “with 5, 10 and even more than 20 years of service, are not just temporary employees, but are a permanent part of the state, performing functions inherent to each of the bodies, regardless of the modality of hiring.”

“The hours pass and the government makes it clear: at this moment there is a serious impact on the rule of law in our country”, he concluded in his publication.

The national strike was defined in a federal plenary of ATE delegates on Wednesday (3) and is the tenth measure of force that the public employees union has carried out since the beginning of Milei’s government.

For the union, the dismissal of more than 11 thousand workers from the National State and the “threat” of the number reaching 70 thousand “reveal not only a total lack of knowledge on the part of management, but also the intention to dismantle all public policies, thus negatively impacting in the majority of the population.”

Among the demands of the strike are the immediate reinstatement of dismissed workers, an end to layoffs and the regularization of all contractual ties, as well as admission to the permanent workforce.

Furthermore, they demand a salary increase above inflation, the end of adjustment policies, the rejection of any privatization of public companies, the defense of the Sustainability Guarantee Fund (FGS) and retirees, the annulment of the anti-strike protocol, the end of “scary policies” and the revocation of the Necessity and Urgency Decree (DNU) 70/23.


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