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Buenos Aires crippled by metro strike for 4th day

Published on Aug 8, 2012 12:38 PM

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentina's capital was crippled for a fourth day on Tuesday by a metro strike that shut down the city's subways and left roads gridlocked with commuters looking for alternate routes.

The metro workers union is threatening to extend its strike if their wage demands are not discussed - and the city and federal government are pointing fingers at each other over who should handle it.

The 2,500 workers are demanding a 28 per cent raise in pay, but union leader Nestor Segovia said "no one has called us to negotiate".

"There will be no subway for a long time unless we receive a fast and targeted response," Mr Segovia said.

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