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Argentina: Oil workers strike hits exports

Official sources indicated that the situation of the industry is critical and that the tax burden is not allowing it to achieve the necessary profitability

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Reuters | Hernán Nessi

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An oil workers' union in Argentina began a national strike late Wednesday to demand wage improvements, which complicated the grinding and export of grains in the main agricultural province of the South American country.

The force measurement carried out by the Federation of workers of the oilseed industrial complex, cotton gin, and related gin will affect the south of the Rosario port area, but not the key area of San Lorenzo, where workers are affiliated with Another guild

"The measure of the strength of oil workers affects exports of grains and derived products," a union source told Reuters.

Around 80% of the agricultural products exported by Argentina are shipped throughout the region.

"From the Federation of Workers of the Oleaginous Industrial Complex (...) we inform (...) that a National Strike begins at 10 pm today (Wednesday) as the first measure of a plan to fight against the lack of responses of the bosses' chambers (...) to the revision of the Wage Joint, "the guild announced in a statement.

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On the other hand, the Chamber of the Oil Industry of the Argentine Republic (CIARA) expressed its dissatisfaction with the union decided to establish a national strike and the arguments expressed by that federation.

"CIARA reiterated its vocation for dialogue and protection of labor sources and proposed that both parties return to the table prior to lifting force measures, "the organization said in a statement.

The chamber noted that the industry situation is critical and that the tax burden is not allowing it to achieve the necessary profitability given the strong export prioritization that is deepening in recent months.

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