BUENOS AIRES – A nationwide strike launched early Monday by Argentine public transit unions affected hundreds of thousands of people who depend on trains, buses and other means of passenger transport to commute to work.
In Greater Buenos Aires, the strike against income taxes for low-income workers led to long lines of people trying to access public transport at main traffic hubs, such as the Once and Retiro stations.
An increased number of cars also clogged the roads due to the lack of other transportation alternatives other than taxis.
“This country’s political leaders for once need to make good on what they promise during the campaign,” Juan Carlos Schmid, a secretary-general of the CGT labor federation and head of the CATT transport workers confederation, said on Twitter.
He said the strike was not targeted solely at the ruling center-right Republican Proposal party and its allies but also at many others in Congress.
The measure also caused delays and cancellations at airports, mainly affecting domestic flights.
The strike was staged to protest taxes on the incomes of single employees who earn at least 18,800 pesos ($1,160) a month and those of married employees who earn at least 30,000 pesos a month.
Current President Mauricio Macri’s administration raised the minimum tax threshold in February as part of steps to combat high inflation, but the unions are demanding further tax relief.