Weekly Report - 04 July 2013 (WR-13-26)

ARGENTINA: Train drivers add to government woes

Transport woes, as the recent unrest in Brazil has demonstrated, have the potential to create serious trouble for left-wing Latin American governments. On 3 July, La Fraternidad, one of Argentina’s main railway unions, called a wildcat strike that affected five of the seven main metro lines into Buenos Aires. On 4 July, they succeeded in blocking one of the city’s main arteries, the Avenida General Paz, prompting massive tail-backs and police intervention. Now that the government operates the railway system, the problem falls squarely on its lap. The strike also demonstrates that another once pro-government union is now content to give President Cristina Fernández a headache.

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