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General strike in Argentina over ailing economy

Published on Aug 29, 2014 2:59 AM
Workers and members of political parties march down a main road as part of a 24-hour strike across Argentina called by opposition labour unions in Buenos Aires on August 28, 2014. The unions staged their second general strike this year on Thursday to protest soaring inflation, higher taxes and job cuts. The strike, called by the powerful CGT labour organisation, impacted trains, air transport, gas stations and public administration. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentine workers launched a general strike Thursday to protest rising unemployment and runaway inflation, adding to President Cristina Kirchner's headaches as her government deals with a new debt default.

Union members and radical activists barricaded the major roads into Buenos Aires Thursday morning and blocked buses and taxis whose drivers were not observing the strike, the second in less than five months.

Three of the recession-hit country's five main union federations joined the 24-hour strike.

The unions said 85 per cent of workers observed the stayaway, but the government insisted the figure was just 25 per cent.

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