As the subte strike continues into its 10th day, Néstor Segovia, assistant secretary of the Trade Union of Subte and Premetro Workers (AGTSyP), said there is a “light of hope” in the conflict. Segovia told media he sees the possibility of there being a resolution to the strike by the end of the day.
Segovia also says there is the possibility of a truce, so long as workers receive positive responses to their demands.
In the longest subte strike in Argentina’s history, which has shut down services to the city’s six lines, workers are asking for a 28% pay increase and better working conditions. Roberto Pianelli, secretary-general of AGTSyP, said workers were willing to discard the wage negotiation issue, so long as working conditions were addressed.
On Saturday, the City government announced compulsory conciliation, a $5m fine for the union, and a lawsuit threat. AGTSyP rejected the conciliation and fine.
The subte strike has affected some 900,000 of the city’s commuters who use the subte each day.
Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri said he saw “no way out” of the subte conflict, and because the union has close ties with the national government, said the strike is an attack on the City.