• Short Summary

    A 48-hour general strike called by the 3.5 million strong General Confederation of Labour (CGT) as its ultimate weapon in a showdown with the Peronist government over worker's pay demand, almost totally paralysed Argentina on Monday (7 July).

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    A 48-hour general strike called by the 3.5 million strong General Confederation of Labour (CGT) as its ultimate weapon in a showdown with the Peronist government over worker's pay demand, almost totally paralysed Argentina on Monday (7 July).

    Stores, banks, restaurants and movie houses were shut down. Airports and all public transport ceased operations. No newspapers appeared and radio and television stations ran only periodic emergency programmes. Anybody working did so at their own risk -- in the past strike-breakers in Argentina have been attacked and their property and business often destroyed.

    The worker's revolt has been caused by a tough government austerity programme aimed at combatting inflation currently running at a rate of more than 100% a year. Last month President Isabel Peron swore in a new Economy Minister, Celesting Rodrigo, who within days of taking office devalued the peso by half and instituted huge price increases for vital commodities such as petrol.

    But it was the second round of economic measures which brought the Government and organised labour into direct confrontation. President Peron decreed that pay rises of up to 150% agreed to in free bargaining were too inflationary and would be limited to a ceiling of 50%. The normally pro-Peronist CGT then called for the strike to try and force the restitution of the original increases.

    Government and trade union leaders met on the eve of the strike but failed to avert the closedown of the country despite the fact that Senora Peron's eight-man Cabinet resigned to try and pave the way for industrial peace.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA78TSBGFWIC5OGBY45YXYE4PMJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA78TSBGFWIC5OGBY45YXYE4PMJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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