The largest companies in the country already have their post pandemic agenda

These are proposals and claims agreed with the CGT to deliver to President Alberto Fernández with the aim of helping to reactivate

A few days after the conflict between Mercado Libre and the Moyano, which threatened to break the balance reached by the establishment and the union leadership, the country’s main businessmen and CGT leaders managed to agree on a common agenda to design proposals for the post pandemic.

More than anything, due to the urgent and critical economic situation that Argentina is enduring and the great effort that will be involved in keeping the productive apparatus and formal employment active, affected by the economic consequences of the sanitary measures adopted to combat the Covid pandemic. 19.

It was the first meeting via zoom that was powered by the Argentine Business Association (AEA), which brings together the owners of the largest companies in the country to establish a common agenda with the General Confederation of Labor (CGT).

Matches for reactivation

Although the main coincidence was to face a greater deployment of private activity, there were also references to the need to reduce job insecurity by promoting registered employment and a message to the Government to face public policies that allow the mobilization of productive capacity and exports of goods and services.

This is the first time that AEA leaders have established a direct dialogue with the Argentine workers’ union, which until now has been channeling dialogue with employers through the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA).

The difference between both institutions has to do with the weight of their members. While the UIA represents more than anything the industrial productive sector and its executive committee is largely made up of managers and senior executives, the AEA groups the owners of the companies.

For example, in the virtual meeting with the CGT, Luis Pagani (Arcor), Paolo Rocca (Techint) were connected; Héctor Magnetto (Clarín); Eduardo Elsztain (IRSA); Marcos Galperín (Mercado Libre); Alejandro Bulgheroni (Pan American Energy), to name a few.

Under the coordination of Jaime Campos, head of AEA, the businessmen proposed several of the topics that were finally reflected in a document Publicly disseminated and which also bears the imprint of the CGT leaders who were part of this zoom. In other words, Carlos Acuña (SOESGyPE); Héctor Daer (Union of Argentine Health Workers); Andrés Rodríguez (UPCN); José Luis Lingeri (SGBATO); Gerardo Martínez (UOCRA) and Antonio Caló (UOM).

For almost two hours, all of them took the floor and presented the vision of each sector on the post-pandemic scenario and the measures that must be faced in order to gradually rescue Argentina from the deep economic and financial crisis it is suffering. .

The need to boost registered employment, one of the coincidences between unions and employers.

For this reason, the leading role that the private businesses and its value chains in the development process and particularly for the way out of this crisis.

Also noteworthy is Argentina’s intelligent insertion in the world based on the hope of positively closing negotiations with external creditors that is being carried out by the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán, and which in another meeting with businessmen from United States, President Alberto Fernández also made reference.

Claim for tax pressure

Another topic of total coincidence refers to the Tax pressure which, in many occasions, works as an obstacle to the creation of more blank jobs due to the impact on production of the large amount of taxes that exist in Argentina.

In this framework, the request of the AEA and the CGT to the Government was to gradually reduce the tax pressure on the formal sector of the economy, in turn attending to the need to balance fiscal accounts.

A proposal was also included to promote greater technical education and technical-professional training to add new workers to the industry.

Reduce tax pressure: a request from businessmen and unions.

Reduce tax pressure: a request from businessmen and unions.

The topics were discussed and debated by union leaders and AEA businessmen, including Sebastián Bagó (Laboratorios Bagó); Carlos Miguens (Grupo Miguens); José Cartellone (José Cartellone Civil Constructions); Cristiano Rattazzi (FCA Argentina); Federico Braun (The Anonymous); Alberto Grimoldi (Grimoldi); Enrique Cristofani (Santander); Marcelo Argüelles (Sidus); Alberto Hojman (BGH); Jorge Aufiero (Medicus); Norberto Morita (Southern Cross Group); David Lacroze (Lacroze Group); Jorge Ferioli (San Jorge Entrepreneurship); María Luisa Macchiavello (Droguería del Sud); and Luis Perez Companc (Grupo Perez Companc).

“Both institutions agreed to deepen the dialogue between them and with other sectors of society, in order to advance in the formulation of basic consensuses, which lead to the implementation of specific policies over time,” the joint document highlights.

But while the objective is to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on the economy, for businessmen and unionists the country is dragging decades of poor economic performance.

“It is only with everyone’s effort that a recovery process can begin,” they considered before the end of the meeting and setting the date for the second virtual meeting that would take place next week.

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