It is confirmed that there will be no subways running this weekend. The general secretary of the transportation union, Roberto Pianelli, announced that there will be two strikes where the six subte lines and Premetro will not run for five consecutive days.
Starting Friday at 9pm, the subway will close and remain out of service for Saturday and Sunday. During the weekend, union representatives will continue discussions over wage increases.
“We will see how the fight turns out,” said Pianelli.
The strike comes after earlier discussions this week about salary increases. Pianelli claimed discussions, which started in February, have still not reached a conclusion.
The Union Association of Subte and Premetro Workers (AGTSyP) is requesting that the salaries be increased by 28% as well as an augmentation from 1.3% to 2% for the pension payments.
The head of the UTA, Roberto Fernandez, said that he and other union representatives are ready to stop service as of Monday for a total of 72 hours. Pianelli supposed that the UTA also called a stop-service because of the AGTSyP strike.
The news on salaries for subte workers is awaiting confirmation from the dealings between the national and city governments. As confirmed by the city’s deputy, Maria Eugenia Vidal, the city is waiting for the national government to actualise pending transfers of investments.
According to the secretary of transport, Alejandro Ramos, the conflict will resolve itself once the city mayor, Mauricio Macri, gets more involved and tries to give answers that correspond to the workers demands.