The head of the union for subte workers, Roberto Pianelli, expressed his frustration towards the city mayor, Mauricio Macri, as the transit strike continues into its eighth day with no sign of returning to work.
Today, Pianelli accused Macri of being “completely crazy” as the city mayor said that he wished to increase the subte transit fare to $5.50 and allegedly had a secret meeting in the Casa Rosada about putting an end to the strike.
Pianelli responded by saying that he believed they would consider re-opening the lines tonight, but after finding out about Macri’s actions, the leader of the subte union finds it difficult to see it happening.
Yesterday, Macri said that the strike was purely political and that the workers were siding with the current national government, calling the prolonged halt a “creation of kirchnerism”.
Thursday, Pianelli met with various government officials including cabinet chief, Juan Manuel Abal Medina, the minister of Labour, Carlos Tomada, the secretary general of the president, Oscar Parrilli, and deputy of the Frente para la Victoria, Andres Larroque in an attempt to reach an agreement. Pianelli has denied meeting with the minister of the Interior and Transportation, Florencio Randazzo.
Despite increasing tensions between the all sides, the subte remains out of order.