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28 Sep 2018 | 04:53 AM UTC

Argentina: National rail strike possible October 2

National rail strike called for October 2; significant transportation disruptions possible in the capital

transportation
ARG

Event

Four unions representing rail workers have called for a 24-hour total strike to take place on Tuesday, October 2. If the action goes ahead, all forms of rail travel are expected to be affected nationwide. As Argentina has a very limited long-distance rail network, the most significant impact will be felt on commuter rail lines in the capital Buenos Aires. Such a strike would likely lead to increased traffic congestion in and around the capital, as well as increased demand for alternate means of transportation.

However, there is a good chance that the government will order an obligatory conciliation meeting, meaning the strike may be called off or postponed.

Context

Workers are demanding pay raises amid major inflation.

Advice

Individuals in Argentina, notably Buenos Aires, are advised to keep abreast of the situation and allow for extra time to reach their destinations on October 2 if the strike goes ahead. 

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