• Short Summary

    ARGENTINA' GOVERNMENT CLAIMED A VICTORY OVER ORGANISED LABOUR TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER IT CALLED OUT TROOPS AND EXTRA POLICE TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF A 24-HOUR NATIONAL STRIKE.

  • Description

    ARGENTINA' GOVERNMENT CLAIMED A VICTORY OVER ORGANISED LABOUR TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER IT CALLED OUT TROOPS AND EXTRA POLICE TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF A 24-HOUR NATIONAL STRIKE. SO TOO, HOWEVER, DID THE POWERFUL GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF LABOUR (CGT), WHICH CALLED THE STRIKE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT'S ALLEGED ANTI-UNION ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL POLICIES.

    PRESIDENT JUAN CARLOS ONGANIA'S FIRM ACTION IN MOBILISING THE FORCES APPEARED TO HAVE DETERRED MANY WORKERS FROM JOINING THE STRIKE. CIVIL SERVANTS AND EMPLOYEES OF STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES HAD BEEN WARNED THEY FACED POSSIBLE DISMISSAL WITHOUT COMPENSATION OF IMMEDIATE 30-DAY SUSPENSION IF THEY JOINED THE STRIKE.

    TROOPS WERE POSTED OUTSIDE ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER PLANTS AFTER THE STRIKE BEGAN WITH A SERIES OF BOMB EXPLOSIONS WHICH BLEW OUT SHOP WINDOWS AND DAMAGED OTHER PRIVATE PROPERTY IN THE HEART OF THE CITY. NO CASUALTIES WERE REPORTED.

    THERE WAS SOME SABOTAGE AGAINST BUSES AND MOST RAILWAYS STOPPED RUNNING BUT ROAD, AIR, SEA AND RIVER TRANSPORT OPERATED NORMALLY. STORES AND OFFICES IN BUENOS AIRES WERE BUSY AS USUAL AND THERE WERE FEW OUTWARD SIGNS OF DISRUPTION. LEADERS OF THE CGT, WHICH REPRESENTS ABOUT 4,000,000 WORKERS, SAID THE STOPPAGE WAS TOTAL IN THE INDUSTRIAL BELT.

    AT THE ROOT OF LABOUR UNREST IS A GOVERNMENT AUSTERITY PROGRAMMED TO STABILISE THE ECONOMY AND STREAMLINE THE RAILWAYS, DOCKS AND SUGAR INDUSTRY. WORKERS FEAR GOVERNMENT MOVES TO ELIMINATE FEATHERBEDDING WILL LEAD TO MASS UNEMPLOYMENT. THEY WANT GUARANTEES OF AN END TO INFLATION, FULL EMPLOYMENT, AND MORE UNION PARTICIPATION IN MANAGEMENT AFFAIRS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XFJQDJ4QSDAQ9HRK668GII13
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XFJQDJ4QSDAQ9HRK668GII13
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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