The new layoffs follow calls to minimize expenditure in social projects. A new round of workers for the Argentine Senate was fired Friday as part of a proposal by President Mauricio Macri’s government to purge the civil service of thousands of jobs.
Layoffs began in December 2015 and threaten more than 600,000 workers in the Senate, said Vice President Gabriela Michetti. Michetti justified the layoffs because between 2011 and 2015, staff grew by 140 percent, generating a deficit of 571.1 million pesos, or US$38.4 million in the budget. In response, the Confederation of Municipal Workers declared a state of alert and mobilization of their unions in defense of their jobs. The wave of layoffs led by Macri has also affected the Kirchner Cultural Center, the National Roads Authority, military industries and other municipal agencies in La Plata, Quilmes, Coronel Vidal, Lanoo, Salta, Merlo and Campana. This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: