He oilmen’s guild announced on Tuesday a strike that paralyzes activity in the port terminals of the soy complex, from which soy “beans”, protein meals and oil are exported, the main export business in Argentina.
In a statement, the Federation of Workers of the Oilseed Industrial Complex, Cotton Ginners and Allies of the Argentine Republic explained that the chambers representing the exporting and processing companies (Ciara, Ciavec and Carbio) refuse to review the pay scale scheduled for August.
The union insists that according to the last Permanent Household Survey (EPH) of the Indec the amount necessary to ensure access to essential rights is $ 81,670 (as of August 31, 2020) and recalls that currently the starting salary of the oil workers is $ 68,678, according to the collective bargaining agreement.
From the Chamber of the Oil Industry (Ciara) They explained – in a thread of tweets – that the increase request does not help to take care of the jobs and does not comply with previous agreements. “In May a 25% increase was agreed and it was clarified that in the event that 2020 inflation exceeds 25%, the parties would meet again. But this did not happen ”, they raised.
They also pointed out that the strike announced by the Federation of Workers of the Oilseed Industrial Complex is not in line with the situation in the country nor the context that agribusiness is going through.
The entity recalled that the pandemic severely affects the entire industrial cordon as activities in ports and factories are reduced. “However, the companies decided compensate workers with a financial sum that the unions do not want to accept ”, they assured.
In addition, the idle capacity installed in the plants that grind soybeans – to produce oil and flour – amounts to 50% and the prospects are not encouraging. “Due to the drought, for this season of the thick harvest it is forecast a production loss of between 30% and 40% by 2021“Ciara concluded.