• Short Summary

    Argentina braced itself during the weekend for the 48-hour general strike called by union leaders on Friday (4 July).

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    Argentina braced itself during the weekend for the 48-hour general strike called by union leaders on Friday (4 July).

    The 3.5 million-strong Confederation of Labour (CGT) announced the strike after a meeting at their headquarters in Buenos Aires. The strike is in protest against Government economic policies and slashes made to already-negotiated pay rises.

    The strike, which took effect from Monday (7 July) is likely to cripple the nation. With Wednesday a public holiday, the country will come to a halt until Thursday morning. As Argentina is under a state of siege ... imposed last November ...the strike is illegal.

    President Maria Estela Peron ignored the crisis when she spoke to armed forces leaders on the same day the strike was announced. She was attending their annual banquet market Independence Day, the 159th anniversary of which falls on Wednesday.

    President Peron praised the armed forces for their action against "the cowardly forces of subversion". This was a reference to leftwing urban guerrillas who have staged a series of assaults and kidnappings since she succeeded General Peron to office after his death last July.

    Shortly before the strike began, the entire Argentine Cabinet resigned. Outgoing Labour minister Cacilio Conditti made a final plea to the CGT when he held an urgent meeting with union chief Casildo Herreras.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9A3J15OXGQ2D0KD5KI7JUTV7O
    Media URN:
    VLVA9A3J15OXGQ2D0KD5KI7JUTV7O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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