argentine workers confront their hardest challenge to employment rights since the 1970s military dictatorship
In November 2023, Argentina elected Javier Milei as its president, an economist promising economic reform. Milei, the new president of Argentina, has been making decisions that worry workers. It reminds people of tough times during the 1970s military rule. He wrote a big document (82 pages) to change many rules and make things less controlled, similar to what happened in Chile with General Pinochet.
One big part of Milei’s changes affects how workers can stand up for their rights. He wants to limit things like strikes, gatherings, and talks between workers and bosses. This would also affect unions, healthcare, and even when someone is going to have a baby. Milei says it’s to make the economy better, but looking back in history, it seems these changes might only bring more low-quality jobs and not really help workers.
Milei didn’t stop there. He also wrote a huge document with 664 points, talking about selling public companies, changing how people vote, and creating new taxes. He declared emergencies in different areas, thinking he should have special powers for two years, so he doesn’t have to ask the parliament for permission all the time.
Some people don’t agree with Milei. They took him to court, saying what he’s doing is against the rules. A court even stopped one part of his changes, questioning if it’s really urgent. A big workers’ group called CGT wants everyone to stop working for a day to show they’re not happy.
Even though some people are against Milei, he got support from the US, the IMF, and other right-wing leaders. Workers are worried because it feels like the situation in 1976 when rules about jobs were changed a lot, and unions had less power.
People in Argentina are unsure about what will happen next. Milei’s changes might take away some rights from workers. This could make people stand together, be stronger, and talk about different ways to make things better for everyone. The changes Milei is making might affect many lives in Argentina, but how exactly is still not clear.