BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – A nationwide strike in Argentina protesting austerity measures under President Mauricio Macri brought the country’s airports to a standstill and halted work at key grains ports on Wednesday, the latest sign of tension in the recession-hit nation.
The strike, called by the country’s main unions, comes as center-right leader Macri tumbles in the polls ahead of presidential elections in October, his popularity with voters hurt by high inflation, job losses and a weak peso.
Transport - Links - Schools - Offices - Banks
With transport links down and many schools, offices and banks closed, streets in central Buenos Aires were eerily quiet in the morning ahead of expected demonstrations sparked by the powerful CGT umbrella union.
Closely tied to the Peronist political opposition, the CGT is demanding the government back salary increases that match high inflation – prices are up more than 50 percent over the last year – and that reduce the tax burden borne by workers.
Video - Online - Union - Strike
In a video posted online, the union said it had gone on strike...
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