More than a thousand members of the Argentine Mechanics' Union staged a stop-work meeting and march through central Buenos Aires on August 19.
GV PAN AND AV Of marchers in street holding placards and marching waving arms chanting (7 shots)
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GV EXTERIOR Ministry of Works building
GV Of marchers chanting SV Demonstrators, flags, (5 shots)
GV Police arriving on motorbikes
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Background: More than a thousand members of the Argentine Mechanics' Union staged a stop-work meeting and march through central Buenos Aires on August 19. They were demanding the relaxation of the strong laws controlling trade unions in Argentina. The march followed a national strike held by bus drivers and railwaymen the day before, the first major successful strike in six years of Argentine military rule. The mechanics were led by their Union's Secretary, Signor Jose Rodriguez, who attempted to present a petition with their demands to the President, Reynaldo Bignone. The police, however, intervened, and the march then moved on to the nearby Labour Ministry. Although the police watched the protestors closely, there was no violence and no arrests. As well as demanding greater trade union freedom, the marchers were calling for an early return of democracy to Argentina, and the introduction of new economic policies to relieve the country's record unemployment. Those out of work in Argentina is currently put, unofficially, at 18 per cent of the work force.