Argentina grains ports, soy crushing plants idle due to general strike

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Ships used to carry grains for export are seen next to a dredging boat (L) on the Parana river near Rosario, Argentina, January 31, 2017. Picture taken January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Argentine grains ports and soybeancrushing plants in the area surrounding the major Rosario hub arestanding idle due to a nationwide strike launchedon Thursday, the head of themajor grains exporting nation’s oilseed export chamber said.

“None of the ports and factories are operating,” according tochamber president Gustavo Idigoras. “There aren’t any problems or disturbances, but everything is closed.”

Guillermo Wade, who leads the CAPyM chamber of port and maritime activities, confirmed the stoppage.

The unions have all joined, so activity is totally affected,” he said.

Unions called a 24-hour general strike against the harsh austerity measures implemented by libertarian President Javier Milei.

The spending cuts, which appear to be slowing the country’s near 300% inflation rate and have momentarily eliminated the fiscal deficit, are also increasing poverty and unemployment as consumption collapses.

The strike action comes as farmers reap the country’s major soybean and corn harvests, bringing ports into what is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year.

While crushing and port worker groups are participating in the strike the farmers’ Argentine Rural Confederations (CRA) said it was not striking: “To overcome our Nation’s crisis we must keep working,” the group said on X.

Source: Reuters