Argentina

Subways closed and now hospitals in series of protests


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Hospital workers across 33 hospitals in the capital Buenos Aires will be closed today as a 24 hour strike is called because of lack of security following the beating of medical staff earlier this week.

The strike comes on to the back of a subway strike which has closed the subway since 3rd August. What started as a demand for a 23% pay hike has turned into a political war between President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and city mayor, Mauricio Macri.

The subway system has been underfunded for many years with lack of investment meaning that the cars are around 40 years old. The effect has been a series of accidents including a fatal accident in February when a commuter train derailed and killed 51 people.

Currently the national government and city government are arguing over who pays the bill. Traditionally it has been the responsibility of national government but in January the president sought to pass the bill over to the city.

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