Two hundred and fifteen dock workers occupied the headquarters of the General Confederation of Labor in Buenos Aires on Tuesday (Dec 20).
Workers in confederation building, leaders attempt to talk them out.
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Background: Two hundred and fifteen dock workers occupied the headquarters of the General Confederation of Labor in Buenos Aires on Tuesday (Dec 20). The men were protesting the attitude of the Confederation towards their problems.
Dock workers in Buenos Aires have been on strike since October 19, because a governmental decree in early October altered work practices. The decree was aimed at ending what the government called "featherbedding," or the employment of more workers than necessary. Last Sunday, the leader of the dock workers, Eustaquio Tolosa, was arrested and charged with "seditious practices."
When the 215 men occupied the headquarters, they displayed signs and threw out leaflets charging the General Confederation of Labor with "silent complicity" with the government and failure to keep its promises to support the dockers in their strike. The Confederation is the principal Argentina labor organization. The occupiers also called for the release of Mr. Tolosa and demanded the repeal of the October decree.
Police, aided by a fire truck, cleared sympathizers away from the building. Various union leaders, arguing through the front gate, attempted to persuade the dockers to come out. As far as is known from reports, the dockers remain in the building.