The Ministry of Labor issued this Wednesday the Mandatory conciliation for 15 days in the wage dispute of the railway sector and he ordered the train drivers’ union La Fraternidad to void the 24 hour stoppage that had been called for this Thursday, as well as “any direct action measure that they had planned to implement, providing services in a normal and habitual manner.”
The labor portfolio ordered this measure through provision 375/2021 of the National Directorate of Labor Relations and Regulations, and in its foundations established that “the primary objective of said procedure (mandatory conciliation) is not only to try to agree to the parts for what reach an agreement that will resolve the conflict of origin but, first of all, guarantee social peace. “
The resolution of the ministry headed by Claudio Moroni notified the La Fraternidad union and, on the business side, Operadora Ferroviaria Sociedad del Estado, Belgrano Cargas y Logística SA, Metrovías SA, Ferrovías Sociedad Anónima Concesionaria, Ferrosur Roca SA, Ferroexpreso Pampeano Sociedad Anónima Concesionaria y Nuevo Central Argentino SA.
The claim of The Fraternity
The general secretary of La Fraternidad, when announcing the force measure, said yesterday in a statement that the salary increases agreed in the middle of the year, consisting of a “5% improvement agreed for this month (October), another 5% for November and what was recognized during the year 2021 ” they became “insufficient” in view of “the loss of wage purchasing power due to the high inflationary process.”
The last strike of La Fraternidad took place last December, after the failure of a negotiation with the Superintendency of Health Services for a debt with the union’s social work, as reported by the union at that time, although at that time the Ministry also of Work issued the mandatory conciliation and established an operation so that passengers could have the alternative of buses in the most important railway terminals.