Argentinian tube workers keep up fight

Submitted by AWL on 13 September, 2002 - 10:24

Underground workers in Buenos Aires have campaigned to have their working conditions designated as 'unhealthy' or 'insanitary', which would imply better conditions, such as six hour shifts, and more workers employed. The privatised company said in the press that this was just a demand by Trotskyists (in fact it has broad support both within the union). They said that if the work is designated as 'insanitary', all the women will have to be sacked, as the law forbids women to work in dangerous or unsanitary occupations.

The workers successfully persuaded the Buenos Aires city legislature to pass a law for a six-hour day. However it now seems that the citys mayor may veto this law.

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