The conflict in AUBASA is revived and the toll barriers were raised again

The impasse in the conflict in Autopistas de Buenos Aires SA (AUBASA) lasted less than two days and the Single Trade Union of Toll Workers (SUTPA), which leads Facundo Moyanoson of the trucker leader Hugo Moyano, resumed the force measures launched for an indefinite period and tolls are not charged both on the La Plata-Buenos Aires Highway and on routes 2, 11, 74, 56 and 63 that are part of the Integrated Road System of the Atlantic (SVIA).

The protest was in force for almost two weeks, but the workers had decided to back down and the tolls had returned to normal operation. Shortly after that decision, the union decided to return to the fray with the measure after the failed negotiations promoted in the field of the Ministry of Labor of the Nation.

The SUTPA thus again ignored the mandatory conciliation dictated by the national portfolio to try to bring the parties to the negotiating table and find a solution to the conflict. Until the afternoon of last Thursday, these negotiations seemed to have been channeled into a good dialogue, but at 6:00 p.m. the workers decided to return to the protest.

In recent days, AUBASA employees questioned the authorities of the road concessionaire at the beginning of the claims. Moyano, for his part, had targeted the Province and, in a strange position for a trade unionist, had 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 had told the press at the end of the meeting with the authorities of the company and the Labor portfolio. Along the same lines, he also argued that the Buenos Aires authorities “are subsidizing the vacations of the people of Buenos Aires, charging two mangoes per kilometer traveled” and demanded a review of the toll rates on provincial highways.

The Province lost a huge sum of money as a result of the protest, since the company collects about 20 million pesos a day for the use of tolls. In this framework, Moyano’s proposal was taken as something “unprecedented” by some leaders, taking into account that highway users are also workers. “It is as if the oil tankers demanded that YPF charge more for gasoline, or that Luz y Fuerza asked EDELAP to increase the electricity rate because they charge it cheaply”graphed a source in the sector.

In the midst of the conflict, the firm highlighted its commitment to start a dialogue with the union authorities and questioned the attitude of SUTPA, which refused to abide by the decision of the national authorities to stop the strike and try to unblock the debate: “What they do is block the Telepases so that you can only go through the manual payment booths and that way none of the cars that go through the tolls pay to do so.“, explained sources linked to the company and pointed out that because of this “the collection is zero”.

THE CLAIMS

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 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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