In Argentina the military government has been taking a strong line against workers striking for more pay.
In Argentina the military government has been taking a strong line against workers striking for more pay. A wave of labour unrest has swept through the country where the cost of living rose by nearly 175 percent over the past year.
SYNOPSIS: In the capital of Buenos Aires armed police entered the Banco de Credito Argentina on Thursday (10 November) and evicted bank clerks who had staged a four-day sit-in to demand 100 percent pay rises. The army mounted guard outside the bank but there were no arrests and no further incidents. It was the second time in a week police had carried out a mass eviction.
At the Alpargatas textile factory in La Plata near Buenos Aires 2,000 striking workers were forcibly removed on November 8th. Strikes were banned last year by General Jorge Videla's government when it took over from the administration of Senora Maria Peron.
But this Peugeot plant was one of many firms hit industrial unrest. Thousands of Peugeot employees were working to rule, and a similar protest disrupted production at a meat packing factory in Rosario 300 kilometres to the northwest of the capital. When railway workers went on strike troops and police took over the underground system and a man was shot dead by the army as he allegedly tried to incite rail employees to leave their jobs.
Strikers have been warned they face mass dismissals and possibly jail.