Anti-austerity fight in Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico

This video says about itself:

Argentina: Thousands march against Macri in Buenos Aires

30 March 2017

Thousands flooded Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on Thursday, in a protest organised by Argentina’s largest union CGT. The union announced that a one-day general strike will take place on April 6.

From the World Socialist Web Site:

Anti-austerity protests hit Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico

4 April 2017

Latin America

Protest against economic policies of Argentina’s government draws 150,000

An estimated 150,000 workers and young people demonstrated in Buenos Aires on March 30 to protest the austerity measures imposed by the right-wing government of President Mauricio Macri. The protest follows a national strike by tens of thousands of teachers against skyrocketing prices and a call by the largest national unions for a general strike on April 5-6.

The protest, called by unions and opposition political parties, converged on the Plaza de Mayo … CTA head Hugo Yasky led a chant of “Vamos a volver”—i.e., “Let’s go back”—referring to the previous administration of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

… According to government figures, some 30 percent of Argentines fall below the official poverty line.

Argentine doctors, health workers hold 48-hour strike

Doctors and health professionals stopped work on March 29 and 30 in 80 public hospitals in Buenos Aires province. Their union, Cicop, which has called nine such limited actions so far this year, said it was seeking a salary raise and “the defense of the right to protest.” Union officials warned their “struggle plan” would continue if Governor Maria Eugenia Vidal does not respond. Cicop announced its members will participate in the upcoming nationwide general strike called by the CGT and CTA labor federations for April 5 and 6 to protest Macri’s austerity policies.

Protests in Brazil oppose attacks on pensions and jobs

All 26 of Brazil’s states, as well as its Federal District, saw protests March 31 against two proposed changes to laws regarding pensions and contract labor. The proposed measures are part of the Michel Temer administration’s agenda of making the working class bear the brunt of the nation’s economic crisis.

One law would change the eligibility for drawing a pension from 30 years of employment for women and 35 for men to requiring the worker to reach 65 years of age. The other would make it easier for businesses to employ contract laborers, as well as allowing for a longer period before they would be required to change the workers’ status to permanent.

In São Paolo, about 70,000 protesters gathered in the city center, while 15,000 converged on Rio de Janeiro. Other protests had smaller crowds. Union officials, most aligned with the Workers Party (PT), denounced the “golpistas” (coup participants) who removed PT President Dilma Rousseff last August. …

Puerto Rican public school teachers protest Department of Education policies

Public school teachers, parents and students held a protest March 31 in front of the Department of Education headquarters in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, to demand Education Secretary Julia Keleher prioritize student needs over demands of the fiscal control board.

That entity is currently devising and imposing austerity measures in response to the island’s fiscal crisis, and education has been hit hard. One specific target of the protest is Keleher’s announcement that over 300 public schools are slated for closure. More than 7,000 teachers and 60,000 students would be impacted by the shutdowns.

Other planned measures are reduction of workdays—which would lead to lowered income as well as possible firings—and evaluations that teachers describe as “punitive.” One teacher told El Voce that increased workloads, also part of the board’s plans, would return teachers “to slave labor, where we’d have to dedicate three, four and up to six hours after 3:00.”

The teachers are affiliated with an organization called the Broad Front in Defense of Public Schools (Fadep), and are members of the Puerto Rico Teachers Federation (FMPR).

See also here.

ARGENTINIAN workers brought the country to a standstill yesterday after dozens of trade unions and grassroots organisations backed a general strike against President Mauricio Macri’s neoliberal economic policies: here.

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  3. Thursday 22nd June 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    FORMER Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez launched a new electoral coalition at a huge rally in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

    The leftwinger, whose late husband Nestor Kerchner was president before her, vowed that the new Citizens’ Unity front would put a “brake on neoliberalism.”

    Speaking to a packed Arsenal de Llavallol football stadium, Ms Fernandez pledged to fight the unpopular austerity programme of President Mauricio Macri, elected in October 2015.

    Mr Macri’s cuts regime has led to hundreds of thousands of public and private-sector redundancies and massive rises in utility bills, sparking mass strikes and protests.

    “We need to put a limit on this government to stop the [economic] adjustment,” Ms Fernandez said.

    “I call for a citizens’ unity, the unity of all Argentinians.”

    An estimated 30,000 supporters chanted the well-worn slogan “volveremos” — we will return.

    Citizens’ Unity is made up of five parties — New Gathering, Broad Front, Victory Party, Kolina and Federal Commitment — four of which are former affiliates of the Front for Victory, whose candidate Daniel Scioli lost to Mr Macri.

    But Ms Fernandez’s and Mr Scioli’s own Justicialist Party, founded in 1947 by Juan and Eva Peron, will not join Citizens’ Unity but remain in the Front for Victory.

    In apparent explanation, Ms Fernandez told the crowd: “I come to add myself as one more, to contribute my body, hand and heart … to represent the interests of the men and women of flesh and bone.”

    Sources close to Ms Fernandez said she intends to stand in Buenos Aires in October’s legislative elections.


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