Not for the first time, the mayor of the city of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri has vetoed several bills, most of which related to social issues, all of which were approved unanimously by lawmakers, including those from his own PRO party.
In total nine laws were vetoed, the most controversial of which was designed to protect companies managed by workers after employers had abandoned them during the 2001 crisis.
Eduardo Montes, vice-president of the Strategic Planning and Educational Evaluation Unit in Argentina (UPEA) told the press that he was surprised by the veto “because it is a law that was consensual, voted by PRO legislators themselves”. The law was presented midway through 2012 and achieved consensus amongst legislators.
Macri’s veto affects some 32 cooperatives, 19 of which have already been in operation for more than a decade. It is believed to affect a further 70 families, and another 300 more indirectly. “Macri does not believe in social ownership and thinks that the workers cannot lead a factory” continued Montes.
La Campora member and legislator Juan Cabandié remarked that by vetoing the law “Macri delegitimises the work of his own legislators”.
Another law that was overturned was a bill designed to provide hereditary subsidising for Malvinas veterans working in public administration in Buenos Aires.
“This law was to protect the families of people who have suffered and suffer consequences of past events, and did not involve a large cost to the City,” said Proyecto Sur deputy, Alejandro Bodart.