On November 24 the train guards of the Mitre Railway began a strike. The movement?
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Background: On November 24 the train guards of the Mitre Railway began a strike. The movement was joined by guards of the San Martin and Urquiza railways on the following day and by Wednesday 26 it had spread to include guards of the Belgrane railway and all members of the personnel of the Roca line. The workers claimed the immediate enforcement of the new wage scale, increased allowances for expenses, and payment of retroactive wages in a single lump sum. The government's offer was to clear up the back debt in four quotes, since the Treasury had not the necessary funds to meet a disbursement of 1,300 million pesos.
On November 28, as the strike continued, the Government decreed the mobilization of all the country's railwaymen, and that the military code would be applied to all cases of rebellion or disobedience. Under this decree, railway workers are practically considered members of the armed forces. The Secretary of War immediately ordered all officers and noncommissioned officers of the Army's First Division to report immediately for duty at their respective barracks.
The decree was issued while the country is still under the state of siege imposed on November 10 last when the government announced that a series of "insurrectional" strikes were being prepared by Peronists and communists.