Mobile Phone Companies Announce Rates Increase: Mobile phone operators Movistar, Personal, and Claro announced an increase of between 9 and 18% in their rates, depending on the plan. The companies have promised to invest more funds to improve their infrastructure in order to provide a better service, the quality of which has been put into question after several network outages. The government, however, has rejected the increase, as the companies did not comply with the legal requirement to notify the National Communications Commission (CNC) 60 days in advance of the modification. Communications Secretary Norberto Berner said in a statement that “even though prices are free and we seek real competition, mobile phone companies have certain obligations regarding prices and plans,” and added that “the quality of service is not good enough for the prices of mobile communications to go up.” Berner highlighted that users should report any irregularities to the CNC, by calling toll-free number 0-800-333-3344.
AFIP to Control Football Transfers More Closely: Ricardo Echegaray, head of tax agency AFIP, met FIFA president Joseph Blatter today in order to discuss measures to make transfers of players more transparent. Blatter agreed to have AFIP access its Transfer Matching System (TMS) software, so that the tax office can obtain information regarding the true costs of transfers and avoid tax evasion by clubs and managers. Echegaray celebrated the agreement, which he said could help AFIP detect triangulations and tax havens used in transfers. “By crosschecking information with FIFA we will leave little room for intermediaries to maneuver, such as football businessmen and clubs that act as ‘sports tax havens’,” said Echegaray.
National Government Re-Opens Wage Negotiations with Teachers: As teachers strike in Buenos Aires, Chubut, Corrientes, and Tucumán, the national Education Ministry summoned unions to a meeting on Thursday to try and resolve the situation. In a statement released today, the Education Ministry said they have been working with all the different unions on the lead up to the meeting, “looking for solutions to reach an agreement.”However, government and union representatives had not met officially since 13th March. The meeting will come the day after a nationwide protest, called by the unions for Wednesday 26th March. Teachers will march from Corrientes and Callao to the Education Ministry in Recoleta at 10am. Stella Maldonado, secretary general of national teachers’ union CTERA, said that the aim of the protest is to force the government to engage in negotiations and to bring the teachers’ minimum wage to $5,000.