Through a virtual hearing convened by the Ministry of Labor, dependent on the Ministry of Human Capital, the Automotive Tram Union (UTA) reported that a new date was set to unlock the sector's salary agreement and that it will also be key to defining whether carry out force measures.
With the aim of agreeing on joint agreements and avoiding a bus strike at the AMBA, it was confirmed that the new hearing will be in person on Friday, February 2 at 2:30 p.m.
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The union that brings together bus drivers stated that yesterday a meeting was requested with the Minister of Economy, Luis Caputo, through a statement signed by the general secretary of the UTA, Roberto Fernández.
The head of the UTA pointed out that “it is their responsibility to take on the issue and find a solution that avoids what will inevitably happen: people will not have the basic means that allow them to mobilize.” In response to that note, the Minister “instructed the Ministry of Transportation to receive the Union and the Business Chambers to listen to their needs,” something that he publicly disclosed through an official statement from the Ministry of Economy.
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In reference to the possible paralysis of the services that they warned of days ago, it was reported that the lack of agreement “puts their normal functioning at risk”, which is why they appeal for a salary adjustment to be agreed upon in this new hearing for January and February of this year. current year.
Bus strike: the hearing date to reach a salary agreement is now (Photo: Télam)
In addition, Fernández indicated that public transportation is a sector that is in “emergency” due to the economic situation expressed by the business sector in the different joint hearings and “due to the lack of solution to issues that are key for the more than 45,000 workers that our union represents in the AMBA.”
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According to sources close to the business chambers, the sector is far from sealing a salary increase.
TN was able to learn that the businessmen expressed the inability to cover the costs due to the lack of guarantees from the Nation and the governments of the province of Buenos Aires and the City regarding the sending of “necessary” compensatory funds to cover the salary update.
What does the salary update claimed by the UTA consist of?
Bus drivers who are in the UTA demand a salary update of 27% in January and 33% in February. The basic salary requested is as follows:
Base salary of $777,700 in January; Starting salary of $972,125 for February.
These amounts must be made, one time only, in 3 equal monthly and consecutive non-remunerative installments of $42,307.