- Title: Argentina labour unions protest job losses, Macri policies
- Date: 22nd August 2017
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AUGUST 22, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MUSICIANS PLAYING MUSIC AT DEMONSTRATION MORE OF PEOPLE MARCHING IN DEMONSTRATION
- Embargoed: 5th September 2017 20:50
- Keywords: Argentina unions union workers Mauricio Macri. Plaza de Mayo
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0036V8P1KZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Argentina's main labour unions took to the streets of the capital on Tuesday (August 22) demanding more jobs and protesting centre-right President Mauricio Macri's economic policies.
Tens of thousands of workers gathered in the historic Plaza de Mayo criticizing Macri, who is trying to lower labour costs to attract investment and jump-start an economy that emerged from recession in the second half of last year.
"If some retrograde (in the government) thinks that lowering wages, precarious living conditions and destroying trade unions is going to line up investments into our country... we say that is very wrong," said Juan Carlos Schmid, a leader of Argentina's largest umbrella union, the CGT.
Standing on a podium at the protest, he said the CGT would meet in late September to discuss a potential strike.
Macri told Reuters in an interview this month his government was negotiating labour agreements sector by sector rather than trying to pass a comprehensive labour reform like the one approved in neighbouring Brazil.
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