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Macri Crushes Argentine Laws to Protect Workers, Pregnant Women

  • Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri. | Photo: EFE

Published 27 December 2016
Opinion

The laws could only be reinstated by a two-thirds vote of the legislature, which is unlikely since Macri's party holds the majority.

Argentine president Mauricio Macri eliminated three laws Tuesday created under the leftist Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner administration, that protected workers and pregnant women, all while vacationing.

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The first veto was a law that took the Bauen Hotel in Buenos Aires and gave the ownership to the members of the workers’ cooperative that have run it for the last 13 years.

According to Macri, the obligations behind this decision “would be extremely burdensome for the national state."

The president said that the expropriation would favor “exclusively a particular group, without it being translated into a benefit for the general community.”

Macri also eliminated a law that reinstated minimum wage for all professionals under contract, and he justified it by saying it contradicted the salary rate negotiated between workers and employers.

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Mauricio Macri said it would “provoke a distortion in the national system labor relations."

Finally, the president annulled a law to prevent thrombophilia, a predisposition to the development of blood clot. This law created a study plan of the prevention and treatment of the disease, especially among pregnant women.

It also made it compulsory for medical companies to give free services and guidance to social organizations and foundations in the country.

The veto of the three laws had unanimous support in congress, and could only be reinstated by a two-thirds vote of the legislature, which is unlikely since Macri's party holds the majority.

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