The union of grain receivers, URGARA, and the Federation of Workers of the Oleaginoso Industrial Complex will maintain a strike that began three days ago to demand better wages, a union source said on Saturday.
Negotiations between unions and businessmen stalled, which could affect grain exports from one of the world’s main suppliers of soybeans, corn and wheat.”We are having a media exchange with the export sector, explaining the reasons,” Pablo Palacio, URGARA secretary general, said in radio statements.
“We have been going five months without being able to analyze a proposal from the business sector,” he added.
For his part, Gustavo Idígoras, head of Argentina’s CIARA-CEC chamber of export companies, told Reuters “we have put our proposal on the table for URGARA and the oilseed federation. We ask you to meet with us on Monday and we are waiting an answer”.
The Argentine agro-export center, located about 50 kilometers north of Rosario, concentrates about 80% of Argentina’s agricultural and agro-industrial exports, the main international supplier of oil and flour derived from soybeans.
The Chamber of Private Commercial Ports (CPPC) rejected the incessant and surprising direct action measures launched by URGARA for weeks.
The measures of force “conspire with the urgent need of the country at this time to maximize exports and generate foreign exchange,” CPPC said in a statement, adding that they also “jeopardize the continuity of an activity, officially designated as ‘essential’, which It is practically the only one that has generated foreign exchange this year, to the country”.
In the first 10 months of the year, Argentine agro-export companies shipped 20.3 million tons of soybean meal and 4.7 million tons of soybean oil for a total of 9.922 million dollars, according to official data.
After recent measures by forces in the sector, the national government urges to resume activity and to hold talks with companies