Buenos Aires province governor, Daniel Scioli, announced today that the federal government is still willing to work with them in order to solve the economic problems gripping the province.
“I spoke with the President and she is still willing to keep working together,” said Scioli in a press conference in La Plata.
The province originally sought financial aid from the national government in order to pay the biannual bonus of state workers. On Friday 29th June, Scioli had announced that the province would pay the bonus in four installments starting in July and ending in October. However, a ruling made yesterday by Judge Luis Federico Arias, ordered the province to pay the bonus in one installment.
In his speech today, he acknowledged the support and aid of the national government and said they will continue to work together to solve the problem as quickly as possible. He also said that he means to appeal the judge’s decision.
“Nobody wants to deal with a setting that would affect the operation of the province in areas like health and safety,” said Scioli.
In support of his separate installment plan Scioli reiterated that only 30% of state employees would be affected by the separate installments, of which would be those with the highest salaries.
The judge’s decision to order the province to pay in one installment came after a 24-hour strike on Wednesday 4th July by the Argentina Workers Union (CTA).
To date the national government has given the province $1bn along with a warning to take “greater responsibility” in the allocation of finances.