Protests in Argentina demand universal basic salary; Fernández says it's impossible


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O presidente da Argentina, Alberto Fernández, e a economista Silvina Batakis participam da cerimônia de posse de Batakis como ministra da Economia da Argentina, na Casa Rosada, em Buenos Aires, Argentina, em 4 de julho de 2022.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández and economist Silvina Batakis attend Batakis’ swearing-in ceremony as Argentina’s Minister of Economy, at Casa Rosada, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Dec. July 1563 .

| Photo: EFE/ Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

Social organizations made this Wednesday (15) in Argentina a day of demonstrations to demand a “universal basic salary” to help alleviate the social situation of the country, which suffers from high rates of inflation and poverty .

The main act took place in downtown Buenos Aires and was led by left-wing opposition social movements led by the Polo Operário, who marched to the Obelisk to demand the “universalization” of social plans, a boost to the salary received by those who receive them. and food for popular restaurants.

Among the requirements of the manifestation – which involves 50 concentrations on the country’s main roads – are the creation of a “universal basic salary”, a general salary increase those for public and private employees, pensions for those who receive the lowest ranges and the payment of an allowance for members of social plans.

One of the organizations promoting the demonstrations is the Excluded Workers Movement (MTE), an ally of the ruling coalition Frente de All of them and especially the vice president, Cristina Kirchner.

The government of Alberto Fernández denied the possibility of paying a universal basic salary, due to the fiscal cost, even after deputies linked to the MTE presented a bill to implement it and he received Cristina’s endorsement.

Argentina is experiencing a fragile economic and financial situation, with interannual inflation of 50% measured in June and the poverty index that encompasses 21, 3% of the population, in addition to political uncertainties.

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