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Weekly Report - 10 October 2019 (WR-19-40)

ARGENTINA: Can Fernández pull off union miracle?

Argentina’s large and influential trade union movement has been beset by divisions and infighting for decades, but with just weeks to go before he expects to win a decisive victory for the radical Peronist Frente de Todos coalition in the country’s presidential elections, Alberto Fernández celebrated the unthinkable: the fusion of the warring factions into one overarching movement. In reality, much remains to be done if Argentina’s trade union movement, whose history is intertwined with Peronism, is to repair a fracture which dates back to 1991. But the fact that a step in this direction has been taken is a signal of Fernández’s intent as he prepares to bring the trade unions within a ‘great social pact’ to resolve the country’s economic crisis.

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