“The opposition crumpled and the opportunity to accompany structural reforms was lost”


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It is Friday afternoon and the Paseo Sobremonte experiences the same intensity as in the main offices of the Palacio 6 de Julio. There, where a meeting in the main office of the municipal building has just ended and everything is assembled for a Zoom that will be after six in the afternoon. In the midst of this, Mayor Martín Llaryora receives CORDOBA PROFILE to talk about what was the first part of a 2020 complex.

– Are all fronts already closed with the three Suoem, UTA and Surrbac guilds?

– When we entered, the Municipality needed a new way to administer. So the capital that we already leave to this municipality is the administration that goes from the CiDi (Digital Citizen) onwards to the recovery of management. From an obsolete system to one that allows us to make decisions in real time, to change the vision of the Municipality in tax matters, where the sectors that did well as the financial sector are the ones that pay the most. However, every time it was recalibrated in tax matters, what it entered was taken away by the union mass and that was so until the collaborative agreements we reached before the pandemic. Because the only thing the coronavirus did was exacerbate the situation of a broken municipality. So, we made collaborative agreements after a start with three stoppages of the three unions in the same week. We reached a first agreement with Surrbac, then with Suoem – both in December – and then the pandemic forced us to go deeper into these collaborative agreements. We had to renegotiate them and ask for a greater effort.

And with UTA we are advancing in another agreement because the situation worsened with Covid. The system was already bad and worsened, so it was necessary to be encouraged to confront differently and ask the workers and employers for an effort. Conversations that were not easy because businessmen and the union were used to asking for more and that the effort was made by the neighbors, so it was difficult. But the agreements are already closed.

– And in terms of transport, with whom is negotiation more difficult? With the union, the businessmen or the funds that Nación cuts?

– With all three. And in that order. This week we managed to re-enter the subsidies in the Budget when it seemed that they were down and that we were going to have credits, the departure of 9,500 million pesos for the interior was announced …

– And what did you think when the subsidies could fall?

– No good. I thought they don’t understand anything. But they made one that, if it happened, it happened. Amba increased subsidies and we were sent to speak with the governors to discuss whether they would give us a financial ATP. Total madness … But hey, complete. After the employers, there are the workers who want to collect the increases. So we went for the emergency and gave Tamse a leading role. The three – entrepreneurs, UTA and subsidies – are issues of management. You have to fight for funds, and since there were no more to come and we did not want to increase the ticket, a collaborative agreement had to be reached that also includes an amount from us from the Municipality so as not to increase the passage. And so the transport to Córdoba would return. There are decisions that are made in a pandemic and that were very difficult, but they are the ones that allow us to be better off financially. And they were decisions that others did not make because they were not encouraged, could not or did not know.

– Who was not encouraged, did not know or did not want to?

– Let’s see. The previous efforts could not be made because there is a lot of tension and they are only just beginning the management. So, some decided to bring in a huge number of people and others, give increases to those employees who were out of reality. A municipality cannot have low wages because they make the social viability of the place you live in. Now, they cannot have the wages they had because they make the municipality stop fulfilling its purpose and the only goal is to pay wages. Without being able to be the axis of transformation.

– Do you think the opposition did not understand this context?

– In many projects the opportunity to accompany structural reforms that people are beginning to see was lost. When people see the superblock, the changes that we are going to make in Suquía, it seems to me that they begin to notice the investments in works, because we are having a push. They missed an opportunity. If everyone knew what was happening with Suoem; Besides, if you saw the campaigns, they talked about it. Sure, it’s not easy … so I think they wrinkled. They did not live up to having what it takes for times of crisis. In these situations you have to have guts and height. Well, we had to do it alone. And they will remember why we are going to get out of this pandemic and the situation we inherited.

Zoo and bike path

Llaryora also referred to the project to turn the Zoo into a biodiversity park after the controversy of the week. “The Zoo has been behind for years. How many years did the previous efforts wait to do something? That is why we are going to a biodiversity park because the city needs a new modality that works in the protection of animals and in environmental diffusion, “said the mayor.

In as much, on the bicisendas that at the time were part of the management of Rubén Martí, maintained that “it is necessary to recover them”. “We are going to recover, connect and annex the bike path as it happens in other cities of the world. Here it cannot be done because it is cut off, ”he said and gave the example of what is being done in the San Vicente neighborhood.


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