Mixed Reactions to General Strike: Government officials and union leaders have given different views over the impact of yesterday’s national strike. Hugo Moyano, leader of the opposition faction of the CGT umbrella union claimed that over 90% of workers adhered to the strike saying it showed “the anger and disappointment that the public feel over the lack of answers from the government.” The government, however, said the impact of the strike was amplified by a lack of public transport and dozens of roadblocks. This morning, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich again criticised Moyano and Luis Barrionuevo, head of the CGT Azul y Blanco union for leading the strike. “The same union leaders that were allies and benefitted from [wage] increases with this government, are now the ones that criticise it,” said Capitanich. Labour Minister Carlos Tomada later added in a radio interview that Moyano and Barrionuevo were “spokespeople for the opposition.” A private study by Orlando Ferrers & Asociados calculated the economic cost of the industrial action at close to US$1bn, with the retail and commercial sectors particularly affected.
Many Still Affected by Flood Damage: Four days after rains devastated much of Argentina, schools around Neuquén remain shut after Monday’s flooding. Many are without clean water, and have overflowing drains, and parts of the roof collapsed in some buildings during the storm. Teachers’ unions showed some parents the conditions of the schools in explaining their decision to remain closed until they are in appropriate sanitary conditions to receive the students. The province’s Ministry of Social Development confirmed it has given out over 4,000 food parcels, 3,000 mattresses and blankets, as well as drinking water and vouchers for gas. They are also supplying construction materials for those affected by the flooding. Neighbouring Río Negro province has also sent drinking water to the isolated communities of Sierra Grande and Arroyo Ventana, after they saw their normal supply of water interrupted during the storms earlier this week. Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires province the Río Luján rose once again, reaching a high point of 4.37m this morning, flooding Luján’s city centre. Around 1,000 people have been displaced as a result of the river breaking its banks, and whilst the water is now receding, provincial officials have warned it will be days before some people are able to return home.
Actor Alfredo Alcón Dies: Acclaimed Argentine actor Alfredo Alcón died this morning, aged 84. Alcón suffered from a respiratory disease for which he had received surgery four months ago. One of the most important actors of his generation, his theatre, film, and television career spanned 59 years and earned him numerous accolades. There will be a wake for him in Congress today at 2pm, and he will be buried in the Chacarita cemetery tomorrow.