Another hearing failed, the toll strike continues and the conflict is nationalized

This Tuesday a new hearing failed due to the stoppage of tolls and the conflict began to take on national relevance. The representatives of the Single Union of Toll Workers (SUTPA) met once again with the authorities of Autopistas de Buenos Aires SA (AUBASA) and the Ministry of Labor of the Nation to try to unblock the situation, however There was no agreement and the force measure, which has already generated millionaire losses for the Province, will continue in force.

The measure of force that was promoted “for an indefinite period” began on Wednesday and maintains the barriers of all the tolls of the La Plata-Buenos Aires Highway and the Integrated Road System of the Atlantic (SVIA)what represents a deficit of 20 million pesos per day. In that sense, the meeting took place after the workers of the union did not abide by the mandatory conciliation dictated by the Ministry of Labor of the Nation and advanced with the protests that are generating great losses for the Buenos Aires collection.

Within the framework of that hearing that took place this Tuesday morning, the head of SUTPA, Facundo Moyano, targeted the Province and demanded a sharp increase in rates: “Here they are annihilating an activity, they not only destroy a company but also destroy the activity. The underlying problem is that they have an insignificant rate, because they make cheap populism with the rate”, he maintained in the last hours and at the end of the meeting. The trade unionist, son of the trucker leader Hugo Moyano, He maintained that the Buenos Aires authorities “are subsidizing vacations for the people of Buenos Aires, charging two mangoes per kilometer traveled” and demanded a review of the rate charts of tolls on provincial highways.

The leader of SUTPA thus demanded a strong increase in tolls and highlighted that those who circulate on the highways of Buenos Aires pay 2,200% less than those who do so on those of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA): “A category 2 car in AUBASA pays 2.20 pesos and in AUSA it pays 60 pesos per kilometer, they pay 2,200% more”he maintained in this regard and compared that reality with the one lived in the Federal Capital: “The most visible case is AUSA, where the bald Larreta alive raises the highway according to inflation, which is what would correspond, perhaps not so much; So all the people of Buenos Aires are maintaining the main arteries of the city of Buenos Aires, which are Avenida de Mayo, Avenida 9 de Julio, Avenida Córdoba and other avenues, and the supposedly Peronist living in the province of Buenos Aires are subsidizing vacations for the porteños charging two mangoes per kilometer travelled”.

In this framework, the union authorities published a strong statement in which they warned that for several months they had shown their intention to start a dialogue to work on the “labour reconversion” of the activity, but they denounced that the firm is not willing “to sit down with the workers putting at risk the future of the activity and the source of work for all”.

In this framework, they shared nine points that explain the protest and are part of the demands that they intend to resolve:

  1. Failure to comply with the joint agreement where the creation of a bipartite table for the application of technology and labor reconversion is established.

  2. In pursuit of NOT creating this table for consensus, we want to implement the technology through the placement of antennas on the tracks of all AUBASA and SVIA stations, without taking into account the worker and an adequate process to project that implementation without affecting staffing.

  3. Arbitrary closure of the Mar del Plata customer service office. Bearing in mind that the toll activity is in the process of evolution and reconversion, the president of the company intends to send the staff of the office to the toll, knowing that there are no functions for them.

  4. Survey of the San Bernardo road safety base. Achievement acquired in the last time to provide a more effective service and shorten the travel distances of the workers.

  5. The construction of the Santa Teresita Monitoring Center was not started despite the fact that the tender was already awarded in January. Continuing with the line of lack of interest in retraining personnel, they stopped its construction, limiting the possibilities of job retraining.

  6. Persecution and threats to heads and managers of AUBASA who work together with the union organization for the correct labor conversion. They are spreading fear through sanctions, warnings and even dismissals without cause.

  7. Dismissal of system manager Cesar Di Lorenzo for working cautiously on job conversion and not losing jobs.

  8. The building and safety and hygiene conditions, which they promised to improve, continue to be deplorable.

  9. They did not respect the last agreement signed before the Ministry of the Nation where they promised to respect the working conditions of the grass cutting workers, who have not had functions for two months. On the other hand, they also did not deliver clothing (summer and winter) in a timely manner.

And so they concluded that as a result of what was described, they will maintain the measure of force and continue “alert and mobilized“Waiting for a solution to the conflict.

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