The youth group, which responds to Cristina Kirchner, leads the internal line so that there is a “heavy hand” with the companies. Alberto tries balance
If a lesson learned Cristina Kirchner in the elections it was the necessity to reconvert the “plate” K into a broad Front of All. That allowed him to cum and locate Alberto Fernández at the head of a multi-faceted power scheme, with enough political flexibility to face an unprecedented scenario. The President did not do badly: in the midst of a global pandemic, he flattened the famous curve and increased his image. This even allowed to accelerate the abandonment of the isolation.
Until the plan began to show flaws with the sharp increase in infections registered in recent days. Although Fernández himself identified the overflow in the Buenosairean towns, the conurbano and Chaco – the two biggest pockets of poverty ruled by the oficialismo – are on his heels.
Still, the health issue would not be the sole or primary concern. For these hours, the eyes are on the economy. There, the advance of the crisis devastated practically all the indicators.
In March, the industry, with half its capacity in use and employment in free fall, returned to 2001 levels, leaving behind the Macrista “nightmare”. April wasn’t good either: patents, production of vehicles, offices of cement, collection of Internal VAT, production of steel, they all had brutal falls. And the May data would be worse.
In this fragile scenario, the “errors” of the Executive began to take its toll on the ruling alliance and unleashed strong internal pulls led by the group The Camp.
The crack was exposed on several fronts, but was more noticeable in the Congress, exactly where Cristina’s political arm has more influence. There, Kirchnerism approved the powers so that the Chief of Staff could reallocate budget and ratified the battery of 20 DNU dictated since the start of the pandemic.
But he also tried to correct what inside and outside his group observe as a favoritism in certain areas towards the “economic groups”. The president of the ruling bloc in Deputies, Max Kirchner, he took the lead in that mission last week when he questioned the Minister of Labor during the first session, Claudio Moroni, for having approved a 25% salary reduction in food Mondelez and suspend its activity, after stocking.
And the onslaught had its answer. Moroni’s reaction was to call an audience last Monday, in which the company promised to resume production on June 15 from 10 pm, so “all workers will return to the Victoria Plant, except for those who are licensed,” according to the act to which he agreed iProfessional.
This implies that Mondelez may not summon suspended personnel gradually, as agreed by the Food guild, led by Rodolfo Daer. And the incorporation of the internal commission. Except for those changes, the labor portfolio authorized the continuation of the suspensions until then, a scheme that means in some salaries a loss of more than $ 20,000 by excluding the payment of awards and overtime on Saturdays. The fear of the union opposition is that there will be new surprises before that date.
The reaction of the leader of La Cámpora excited the entire progressive arc of the official bench. “The criticism of the Ministry of Labor is fair, it cannot act complying with bureaucratic procedures and assuming an impartial gaze, it has to arbitrate to protect the rights of the weakest,” he told iProfessional the holder of the CTA, Hugo Yasky.
The CGT, on the other hand, received criticism from Máximo like a shot by elevation to the covenant sealed with the UIA to set discounts of up to 25% to suspended personnel. It happens that the agreement in Mondelez is based on this understanding and bears the signature of the brother of the co-owner of the central union, Hector Daer.
Implantation, in reality, would have a much more limited objective: to prevent salary reductions in activities enabled to function, as is the case of the food multinational, the graph Morvillo wave Techint plant in Lanús.
The Kirchnerist counterattack
In a hectic climate for the loss of 180,000 jobs since last year, The pulseada moved to the province of Buenos Aires, where labor unrest has been escalating inch by inch with the return of the activity.
This week, the Axel Kicillof government issued two resolutions that can be read as much as a departure from Moroni’s labor policy and, at the same time, a tightening gesture facing the decision of Paolo Rocca to advance in new layoffs, one day before the extension of decree 329 that prohibits dismissals and unilateral suspensions.
In response, the Province streamlined the preventive crisis procedures (PPCE) to force the negotiation of any reduction in personnel or working hours, and considered the violation of the anti-lay DNU a “serious violation”, enabling fines of up to 2,000 minimum wages for worker, equivalent to $ 3.3 million.
In reality, both measures were already in force. But they reinforced the message that the labor portfolio no longer responds to a former Techint manager, as in the previous administration. For example, the delegation of White Bay was in charge since Monday of Federico Osmar Galeano, holder of the private security union.
With the reopening of companies, the Government tries to contain an eventual peak of conflict.
The other focus of tension that opened was by the subsidy management to pay half of the wages in the companies in crisis. The government has already paid it to almost 2.5 million people in more than 247,000 signatures. But Monday tightened restrictions on prohibit all beneficiaries from buying their own shares, distribute profits, buy bonds to escape dollars or carry out operations with tax havens.
The conflict broke out over the weekend when it became known that the State paid the salary to large groups such as Techint and Clarín, including their CEOs. It was within this framework that the Kirchner deputy Fernanda Vallejos threatened to present a project to that the subsidies are in exchange for participation in the capital of those companies. And he proposed prioritizing companies that do not reduce wages or leak foreign exchange.
Amid the escalation of the parallel dollar in recent days, AFIP sources recognized iProfesional who detected cases of companies that, after receiving funds from ANSES, carried out operations in the parallel market. The new obstacles justly prohibit these movements from large companies for up to two years. The treasury also enabled on Tuesday the possibility of returning the funds, in the event that a company wants to unsubscribe.
“They are assholes, they ask for assistance and then they move twine, there will be more restrictions “, they pointed out from the organism headed by Mercedes Marcó Del Pont. The architect of the foreign exchange stock during the administration of Cristina Kirchner now manages the data of thousands of companies and became a headache for some since the AFIP report on 950 accounts abroad for $ 2,600 not reported. millions.
The “red circle” on alert
At “Red circle” nor did it go unnoticed Central Bank report requested by the President who exposed the leakage of US $ 86,000 million during the macrismo and was announced the day the blue reached $ 138. “If companies take the money to invest it in another country, it is not a problem, leave the unions to worry about flight or profit sharing, “the UIA vice president replied in radio statements, Daniel Funes from Rioja.
Industrialists are also upset by the extension of the anti-dismissal decree without having been consulted and now they question the continuity of the pact with the CGT. At the factory headquarters they would prefer an unemployment benefit, as in the United States, rather than the official restriction on layoffs. And they are frightened by the proposal that the State participate in the private sector share packages.
“It is a line that responds to Cristina, different from that of the President, I do not know whether to tighten the rope,” explained a director of the UIA. Perhaps for this reason, the entity’s leadership was quick to maintain a few weeks ago a virtual meeting with Sergio Massa. In this contact, they informed him that 81% of manufacturing companies were unable to cash checks during April, and that 60% find it difficult to pay wages.
While the Government negotiates with the creditors an extension of the terms to pay, the businessmen Seeking to Refloat the Bankruptcy Act of 2002, which suspended executions for six months. You fear one wave of summons of creditors for the second semester, once the judicial fair is up.
Massa represents a balm for entrepreneurs. After all, the head of the Chamber of Deputies is the least enthusiastic in the advancement of the tax on great fortunes, although in the official party they assure that “it is not going to boycott it”.
After the Everyone and Together for Change Front opposed last week to discuss the debate on the tax, the President sent a new signal yesterday and gave the green light to the delayed project ruling party during a meeting he held in Olivos with Máximo Kirchner and the head of the Budget commission, Carlos Heller. “The project is working,” they confirmed to this newspaper near the head of the block of the Frente de Todos.
The idea is to tax 12,000 individuals with an “extraordinary contribution” on Personal Property, in order to raise $ 3.5 billion. A version, by the way, much more moderate with respect to those pro-government initiatives that proposed to also include billing and income.
The tribute would also have other purposes. On the one hand, offset the fiscal impact of the other legislative projects, which involve expenses or tax exemptions, such as Knowledge Economy Law. And, on the other hand, it seeks soothe internal signs of discontent.
Inside La Cámpora, they observe that the Government has made rapid progress in granting funds to the business giants and fixing a subsidized barrel at $ 45, while retirees will receive in June a lower rise than expected in the suspended formula and more than 3 million People still await the first $ 10,000 family bonus. Therefore, Kirchnerism expect more signals from Cristina.
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