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).
GV Ninth of July Avenue deserted usually one of the busiest streets.
GV Closed shops. (2 shots)
GV Deserted shopping precinct and newspaper booth closed. (2 shoots)
SV Closed restaurants.
GV Bank of Boston closed.
GV Labour Party headquarters deserted.
SV Entrance to railway closed.
GTV Indle trains. (3 shots) (talk over)
GV Police and newsmen outside building.
SV INT Ministers seated Labour Minister Conditti wearing glasses.
CU PAN FROM Minster Conditti to President of Chamber of Deputies, Raul Lastiri.
Ministers talking and CU of Casildoherreras, General Confederation of Labour. (2 shots)
GV Minister Conditti with newsmen.
Shots of 9 de Julio avenue. empty. shot of railway station empty. shots of shops closed. shot of 9 de julio avenue empty (with obelisk) florida the popular street empty. shots of banks closed ( royal bank of canada ).
gv bank of boston closed. underground station closed. stair closed. Plaza de mayo square practically empty. designers working, grenadiers charging guard. govt house on background. entering cathedral opposite govt house. two gv av. ?? with congress building. restaurant closed. several shots of c.g.t. building (empty) no police guard. theatre closed (strip concert)
shot of theatre closed. several shots of cinema and theatres closed. empty newspaper stand. floida street. industries. chimneys
Initials VS 22.55 VS 23.45
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Background: 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.