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Published 13 December 2018

The strike will paralyze courts in Argentina this Thursday and Friday. 

The members of Argentina’s National Union of Workers of the Judiciary (UEJN) begun a 48-hour strike on Thursday. They are demanding the disbursement of the third part of a salary raise they had previously agreed on with the government. They are demanding the payment before the end of the year.

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The union is also defending constitutional guarantees, independence for the judicial power, and rejecting a tax on their income as well as austerity policies, which they link to the tardiness in payment. 

During the strike, which began at noon, the country’s courts were paralyzed as workers failed to show or participated in workers' assemblies.

According to union leader Julio Piumato, the government of Mauricio Macri is stalling the payment in line with austerity measures.

"This reluctant behavior is consistent with the austerity policies applied at the request of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which seek to shift the weight of the crisis on workers, while financial usury and speculators are reaping great profits," the trade unionist said.

Piumato said Wednesday, when the union ratified the strike, that it will be forceful action and warned the government that if it fails to address the union’s demand for better wages, "a new general strike will be held on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 throughout the country."

According to the union, the Argentine government is responsible for "not complying with or respecting the independence of the judiciary."
"If the President does not respect that independence, the responsible institution is not the judiciary or the workers, but the government," he said.

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