Strike to cripple transport across Argentina
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Strike to cripple transport across Argentina

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Transport workers to down tools in latest stoppage

Argentina’s largest union has called a 24-hour strike on Wednesday 29 May to protest against the country’s president, Mauricio Macri. Transportation across the country is expected to be severely affected.

It is the second major stoppage in two weeks. However, transport unions did not picket during the last.

Garda World reported that Aerolíneas Argentinas and Latam had cancelled their flights for 29 May, while American Airlines and United have issued travel alerts.

Kiwi.com is fully aware of the situation. The automated cancellation and schedule change tool has fired, notifying each of the customers affected.

Customers have been advised that their flight may be affected and to check its status. They have been informed that transport to and from the airport may be difficult, and how they should proceed if their flight is cancelled.

Communications have also been sent to the relevant contacts at Kiwi.com’s partners. These provide specific information on the impact and the steps that are being taken to mitigate this.

The Kiwi.com Guarantee is being activated for any connections that may be affected.

The strike was called by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) to protest against Macri’s social and economic policies. This is the sixth strike during his government’s time in office, the Buenos Aires Times reported.

In 2018, Argentina fell into a severe recession. GDP contracted by 2.5 per cent, and unemployment rose to almost 10 per cent.

CGT leader Héctor Daer said: “It will be a total stoppage of activities.

“We seek to alter the acceleration of the decline of the economy for our colleagues and our homes, to find the point of reactivation and to look toward inclusion of all inhabitants [in Argentina].

“The decision is in solidarity with what is happening in the country. At this moment there is no sector that is not affected.”