If you are trying to ride the subte today you have probably noticed that they aren’t moving.
Buenos Aires commuters will have to suffer at least 36 hours with no subte, beginning at noon today.
The secretary general of the Association of Subte Workers and Premetro (AGTSyP) Roberto Pianelli announced the strike today. He stated that the city government should assume responsibility for the subte.
The strike is yet another mark of the discord stemming from the federal-to-municipal Subte handover.
The AGTSyP is at loggerheads with the Urban Transport Union, another subte union. The national representative Graciela Ocaña (Udeso) and the Buenos Aires legislature Daniel Amoroso (Federal Union) appealed yesterday for a “call for sanity to the governments of the Nation and the city of Buenos Aires” to make “an effort” and try to find a solution to the conflict that will leave 800,000 commuters without transport.
“People who take the subte every day [should] not have to suffer the consequences of an endless fight between two governments nor the inability to negotiate with workers. As always, users are in the middle …” said Amoroso as quoted in La Nación.
In short, until the federal-to-municipal handover comes into effect all signs suggest that the paralyzing and sporadic strikes will continue.