General strike in Argentina over ailing economy
Published on Aug 29, 2014 2:59 AM
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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