Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Dock Worker Protest

Dock Workers Striking and Protesting in Buenos Aires, Argentina
This is evidentially another shot from the demonstration against resolution 041. Some of you may remember my post in June about the 'disobedient' rebels. The dock workers were campaigning for the restitution of their pension rights. The government is facing a classical dilemma here. In search of ways to save money, Argentina is urged to cut government spending. Often the cutbacks result in reduced social security benefits.
So, this is how the 'structural adjustment program' reduces poverty?

11 comments:

Julie said...

I like placards that are hand written rather than churned out by some printing press where it seems as though someone is manipulating the worker.

This is a good shot. What does the placard actually say?

Prospero said...

Your government and governments around the world will be facing the same things, I'm afraid. They will act predictably.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

@Julie
I feel the same about hand written placards. This one says, "Resolution 041 drives us into death".

Leif Hagen said...

Did they mind your Blog publicity or were they happy to get some "press?"

Abraham Lincoln said...

It is interesting to see workers on the picket line in some other country.

Jacob said...

It's the same the world over. When a government decides to economize, it's the little people that get hurt, never the rich and powerful!

I wish we could change that, but it doesn't seem likely as the rich and powerful stay that way by beating up the rest of us!

Bob Crowe said...

I am not trained in economics and I do not feel qualified to balance these interests, in your country or mine. Nevertheless, my Spanish is good enough to understand the sign and the impact on the workers.

Wolynski said...

It's a well documented fact that when workers earn a decent living, the economy prospers. When workers are starved, everyone starves. Great blog.

RogerB said...

As governments are forced to spend more, they will always take more from the working-class. Sad, but true.

B SQUARED said...

Our politicians spend then figure out how to pay for it.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm afraid this is a familiar scene in Canada, too.