STRIKING workers at publicly owned Argentinian Airlines and sister company Austral Airlines grounded hundreds of flights yesterday in a dispute over pay.
The workers’ union UPSA is calling for a 26 per cent pay rise — to match inflation.
The 24-hour strike has reportedly affected 300 domestic and international flights and 40,000 passengers.
The Jorge Newbery airport in Buenos Aires was shut down by the strike, while several areas of the Ezeiza airport on the outskirts of the Argentinian capital remained empty at midday.
Union secretary-general Ruben Fernandez said that workers were prepared to stage more strikes if bosses don’t come up with a deal that isn’t a real-terms pay cut.
Argentina has been subjected to severe austerity by multimillionaire Mauricio Macri since he became president last year.
He has cut thousands of public-sector jobs and warned after his party did well in a recent election that sweeping neoliberal reforms are in store.