BUENOS AIRES, June 22 (BERNAMA-NNN-MERCOPRESS) -- Argentina's head of organised labour confederation CGT Hugo Moyano yesterday announced the end of the three-day national strike led by the Teamsters' union.
However Moyano called for another strike next week as well a massive march to Plaza de Mayo here where numerous unions will once again urge the national government to increase the income tax floor and pay salary caps to all workers.
"No strike will be lifted until the government resolves the income tax issue. The salary hike obtained (25.5%) won't solve it. We still want the government to sit with us and discuss an increase of the income tax salary floor, and guarantee the payment of salary caps for all workers" said Moyano at a press conference.
"For this purpose, many numerous unions will join us next week in a massive demonstration at Plaza de Mayo." Likewise Moyano called on President Cristina Fernandez to "please stop believing that she can do whatever she wants just because she obtained 54% of the vote, and be a more humble person. Otherwise, this government looks like an entourage of liars." Meanwhile, the president of the Cargo Transport Federation Luis Morales announced they have reached a 25.5% wage hike deal with teamsters amid a nationwide strike that was causing fuel shortages all over Argentina.
"We have come to an agreement with the teamsters. After a meeting with Hugo Moyano we have agreed a wage hike of 25.5% to be paid between next month and March 2013," Morales said on Thursday during a televised press conference.
Moyano and the president of the transport federation met for two hours yesterday in order to come to a head over the wage conflict.
"Transport employers have done everything they can to accompany the teamsters. This agreement was in fact a personal accord between Hugo Moyano and myself.
"I could even say that we took a step further in order to put through a wage deal like this. The companies were not exactly in the right economic position in order to allow this, but we did it in order to achieve social peace," Morales stated.
The payments will begin shortly with a 12.5% in July, 7% in Novand a further 6% in March of 2013, making a total of 25.5%, he said.
Meanwhile Argentina is on the verge of a possible oil national and gas shortage as the teamsters three day strike knocked out refineries distribution in spite of the government's decision to fine the union and file charges against the leaders of the mobilisation.
According to fuel distributors' in Buenos Aires Province, the situation will worsen by today as "between 60 and 65% of the provincial petrol stations will probably exhaust their existence stock", the head of the Buenos Aires Fuel Entities Federation Luis Malchiodi said.
Meanwhile, the Labour Ministry has announced a 4 million pesos fine (approx US$750,000 ) to the truckers' union, while the Interior Ministry has officially filed charges against Hugo and Pablo Moyano. Pablo is head of the teamsters and father Hugo leads the organised labour powerful CGT.
The legal action refers to offences contemplated in articles 149 of the Argentine Penal Code as threats and aggravated threats when they aim to obtain a measure or concession on part of either the Executive, legislative or judiciary branches.
Due to the current situation, President Cristina cut her trip to the Rio 20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro and returned Wed to Buenos Aires to closely monitor the situation.
The teamsters' union demands a 30%, the end of the income tax and to salary caps to collect family allowances, sources said.