Labor Strikes Lead the Way for Argentina’s G20 Meeting

Workers for Argentina’s largest airline went on strike on Monday, grounding some 40,000 passengers, as the country prepares to host leaders from the G20 in Buenos Aires.

The strike forced Aerolineas Argentinas to cancel 371 flights on Monday alone. Another 600 flights have been suspended since the beginning of the month as workers demand better pay and benefits. Now public transit workers unions in Buenos Aires will go on a three-hour strike Tuesday morning, shutting down subway and bus service.

Argentina vowed last week to crack down on any anarchists and anti-capitalists who try to disrupt the G20 gathering in Buenos Aires. The government reported it was working with foreign governments to identify and block entry to those it deems as potential troublemakers.

Local groups are planning marches and demonstrations against the gathering and have invited activists from around the world. The summit will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

 

 

Photo: “Reclamo / Claim” by Hernán Piñera is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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