The Argentine capital of Buenos Aires was hit by a rail strike on Wednesday (22 November) in defiance of Argentina's anti-strike law.
SV Smashed glass around planning centre.
CU Sign for planning centre.
SV PAN Smashed window and glass on pavement. (4 SHOTS)
GV Deserted railways. (5 SHOTS)
SV Deserted Lanus station.
GV People queueing for buses. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: The Argentine capital of Buenos Aires was hit by a rail strike on Wednesday (22 November) in defiance of Argentina's anti-strike law.
SYNOPSIS: One aspect of the strike was not expected. A bomb was set off in the computer planning centre of the Argentine Railways - Ferrocarriles Argentinos. Much damage was caused but no injuries were reported. The newspaper La Nacion said a telephone call had been received and that it was claimed that Montonero guerrillas had claimed responsibility for the bombing. It has been said that the unscheduled strike by signalmen, conductors and ticket collectors posed the year's most serious threat to the military government's anti-inflationary wage restrictions.
The strikers said the stoppage would last for 48 hours. The workers were demanding increased wages and better working conditions. Strikes were banned in 1976 by the Military Government when it came to power, and Ferrocarriles Argentinos issued a statement that strikers ran the risk of losing their jobs if they did not return to work immediately. The last rail strike was in October last year.
The last strike closed down the main commuter lines leaving many stranded and seeking alternative transport. The strike led to urgent talks among Government Ministers and railway officials including the Minister of Labour, General Horacio Tomas Liendo and the President of the railways General Tomas Caballero.