About a thousand workers streamed into the central Plaza de Mayo on Wednesday (18 June) in a pro-Government demonstration in the Argentina capital Buenos Aires.
GV People shouting outside Government House.
SV TO MV People standing at road-side, watched by armed police. (3 shots)
MV Demonstrators chanting to the accompaniment of drums.
SV Armed soldiers standing in front of crowd.
GV President Peron arrives surrounded by crowd (3 shots)
GV & SV PAN Workers in anti-Government demonstrations chanting and shouting. (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators at rally listening to speaker PAN TO LV ZOOM INTO GV armed troops barricade end of road.
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Background: About a thousand workers streamed into the central Plaza de Mayo on Wednesday (18 June) in a pro-Government demonstration in the Argentina capital Buenos Aires.
They gathered outside the Government House to cheer President Maria Estela Peron as she left at the end of her day's work.
This demonstration was in complete contrast to the state of near revolt which has existed among Argentina's labour force over recent massive price increases. The unprecedented price explosion -- aggravated by deadlock in nationwide wage negotiations -- has set off a series of strikes and stoppages.
The recent 50 per cent devaluation of the Argentine peso -- the biggest devaluation in the country's history -- had a dual effect on the work force. Not only did it prompt strikes, but it also stalled wage talks between unions and employers who were expected to agree to 40 per cent average rises at the beginning of June.
But tension is mounting as some of the bigger unions demand pay rises of up to 100 per cent. So far, only one major union has settled. This was for an increase of 45 per cent.
As the pro-Government demonstration was taking place, police stopped two anti-Government marches from entering the capital's centre. One of these marches was by 700 workers from the Chrysler Motor Company who were seeking better wages than the Government was prepared to grant.
Strong forces of riot police waited for the protesting workers. They stopped them entering the city centre. The marchers dispersed without incident and returned to their factory for further meetings.
SYNOPSIS: Argentine workers have been gathering to cheer their Government......
About a thousand of them streamed into the centre of Buenos Aires on Wednesday in a pro-Government demonstration. They assembled in the Plaza de Mayo.
These workers cheered their leader, President Maria Peron, as she left Government House at the end of her day's work. But only a few miles away -- on the outskirts of the capital -- the mood was not so happy.
About seven-hundred workers from the Chrysler Motor Company were among the thousands of anti-Government workers stopped from entering the city. They were also trying to reach Government House.....but not to cheer. The devaluation has stalled wage talks between unions and employers. The Government is offering average wage rises of forty per cent. Some of the unions want a hundred per cent. Riot police stopped the workers who dispersed without incident.