Hugo, we said we were going to get better

There is a thread that seems to thread the ribs of its contradictions. Perhaps this is one of the intimate reasons why Alberto Fernández empathizes with Hugo Moyano.

Both integrated the kidney of that first Kirchnerism. Then, each one with his bag of reasons, they walked away in the phase of Christian change and even barked at the then president.

Then reconciliation. Without turning red. Even when that leads them to say and do the exact opposite of what they were years ago.

In Moyano, the stain is hidden among others. In the President, it is more pathetic. But, again, each one has his reasons to purge on the altar of power that Kirchnerism rebuilt. And the redemption found them, allies.

“We said we were going to get better. We are being better, Hugo, we are being much better ”, Fernández remarked looking for Moyano’s eyes. It was in April, amid the rosary of praise that he offered to the 76-year-old leader during the inauguration of a sanatorium of the Truckers’ Guild.

With that blank check under his arm, the union led by the Moyano family moved his file in a week in which “friendly fire” punctured Fernández’s helmet.

Refractory, like many other trade union organizations, to any practice of virtuous innovation for their proposals, Truckers appealed to the old recipe for the blockade that aroused so much sympathy in Néstor Kirchner.

Why change what then worked? As in those years, he fights for what, according to his dogma, belongs to them by nature: the representation of every human being who drives a truck in this country.

“No brother. Here you are in Argentina and you are going to have to comply with the Truckers’ collective agreement, ”said Pablo Moyano in a video that his own organization broadcast.

That generic “brother” has a first and last name: Marcos Galperin, the owner of Mercado Libre, the most valuable company in this part of the world and one of the few that grows in a country devastated by the recession.

Truckers wants to represent more than a thousand people who are under the tutelage of the Union of Loading and Unloading Workers, which signed an agreement with the electronic commerce platform.

The Moyano union, which contested this agreement, complements the rudimentary blockade tactic with phrases that allude to a dead end. “It will be tomorrow or it will be anytime, but the logistics workers will belong to our union,” said his son Pablo.

The leaders of Uecara del Interior have almost blurred memories of that group of Truckers activists who years ago blocked a toll in Córdoba. “They wanted to have a coercive representativeness, but they had no echo in the workers,” they say.

But tolls are not a benchmark for what is moving, and will move in the future, e-commerce. The factual power is between eyebrows.

Last month the British weekly The Economist He published a note on Amazon and mentioned Mercado Libre as one of the five global competitors of the American platform created by Jeff Bezos.

He considered that the Argentine company has strengths where many would see weaknesses, such as growing its operation despite “bad roads, banditry and other local traps.” For his private life, Galperin has already chosen and moved to Uruguay.