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Unions push Vidal gov't to end outstanding 2018 wage bargaining

Teachers unions were engaged in tense negotiations with the María Eugenia Vidal government throughout 2018, with the province failing to meet union demands for wage increases above the annual rate of inflation.

Monday 18 February, 2019
Buenos Aires province's Economy Minister Hernán Lacunza.
Buenos Aires province's Economy Minister Hernán Lacunza. Foto:Noticias Argentinas

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Unions representing doctors and healthcare professionals in Buenos Aires province will seek to secure a similar deal to the one in the works for teachers, which reportedly includes a trigger clause.

Teachers unions were engaged in tense negotiations with the María Eugenia Vidal government throughout 2018, with the province so far failing to meet union demands for wage increases above the annual rate of inflation.

"We want to be called to our own wage bargaining talks, where not only will we have to receive and consider a proposal to end 2018's negotiations, but we will also have to move forward on the recomposition of our wages to reflect the responsibilities we undertake in our profession", the CICOP union for doctors and health professionals in Buenos Aires province said in a statement.

Teachers unions met with representatives of the Vidal administration last Wednesday, but talks were suspended after government officials refused to concede to a request to broadcast the negotiations live.

"We asked for the negotiations to be filmed because we consider this to be public event which people have the right to follow, just like the events broadcast from the Lower House or Senate", UDOCBA union leader Miguel Ángel Díaz told Perfil.

"They (the Vidal government) are evidently embarrassed by public events and about the offer they were going to make us", he added.

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