Sanctions for hiking administered prices: Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich today confirmed that the government would take action against businesses that raise the cost of products included in the ‘Precios Cuidados’ plan, which administers the prices of basic consumer goods. “The government has many tools,” Capitanich told reporters this morning, “and apart from fines, these include closure in extreme cases.” Also today, representatives of major franchises selling electrical appliances confirmed that they would be “responsible” with prices and would ensure stocks remain at normal levels after last week’s devaluation.
Protests in Puerto Madryn: Workers from the fishing company Alpesca are continuing to block the main roads in and out of the Patagonian town of Puerto Madryn in a dispute over unpaid wages. Representatives of the Food Industry Union (STIA) rejected an offer from the provincial government of Chubut to pay a one-off subsidy of $4,500 to maintain “social order” until a final solution was reached with the South African-owned company, and continued to block the national highways 1 and 3. Two international cruise liners, carrying around 7,000 tourists, were unable to dock in the port as scheduled today due to the protests, costing the city an estimated $3.5-4m, according to local press.
National deputy Jorge Obeid dies: National deputy for the ruling Frente para la Victoria (FpV) party and ex-governor of Santa Fe, Jorge Alberto Obeid, died today aged 66 after battling a prolonged illness. His seat in Congress will be taken by Eduardo Seminara, vice-rector at the National University of Rosario.