Buenos Aires' vast underground train network remained paralysed on Tuesday (8 April) as striking workers defined a deadline set by Argentina's Peronist Government to return to their jobs.
GV Traffic on 9 Julio Ave.
GV & SV People queuing for bus
SV PAN Packed bus arrives at stop
SV Others in queue
SV People Jumping on bus (2 shots)
SV PAN Two more jammed buses (2 shots)
GV Traffic jam (2 shots)
SV & CU Closed underground stations (6 shots)
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Background: Buenos Aires' vast underground train network remained paralysed on Tuesday (8 April) as striking workers defined a deadline set by Argentina's Peronist Government to return to their jobs.
Police had arrested 40 leaders of the subway workers' union as the Government, which has said subversive elements in Argentine unions are trying to provoke economic chaos, declared the strike illegal. But as Tuesday's deadline passed, the militant workers remained off the job -- even though under the country's state-of-siege laws they could be treated as subversives and arrested without warrants and jailed without trials.
Meanwhile, the strike continued to create tremendous traffic chaos throughout the capital as the city's 900,000 commuters who usually travel to and from work on the five underground lines sought other means of transportation.
And the confusion coincided with an unscheduled cabinet meeting called by President Maria Estela Peron, starting a new wave of rumours about a possible coup attempt against her Government.
The underground strikers are demanding pay increases of about 25 sterling a month and improved working conditions.