BUENOS AIRES – Hundreds of employees from the Argentine Ministry of Agroindustry protested on Friday against the firing of nearly 600 people, demanding that they be reinstated to prevent negative impacts on family agriculture.
“Today we organized a negotiating table regarding the five people who were fired yesterday, and now we were notified that 567 more people will be fired, 102 in the city of Buenos Aires and the rest in the other provinces,” Daniel Catalano, secretary general of the Association of Government Employees (ATE) of Buenos Aires, told EFE.
Some 500 people gathered outside the Ministry in Buenos Aires to demand that the employees be reinstated.
Around 50 police officers were soon dispatched, leading to clashes with the protesters, three of whom had to be taken to the hospital.
The government employees have been protesting outside the Ministry since Thursday, when many began to receive layoff notices.
Most of the employees who have been fired worked in the family agriculture department.
According to Catalano, mass layoffs “in every sector of government” will be announced next Monday as part of the measures taken by the administration of Mauricio Macri to address Argentina’s economic crisis.
Catalano said the layoffs are part of the measures that the administration agreed to implement in exchange for a $50 billion credit line from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).