WSWS | Argentinean musicians’ union lifts strike after 41 members are terminated

wsws.org | 5 April 2011
Argentinean musicians’ union lifts strike after 41 members are terminated
The head of the Buenos Aires ATE Capital musicians’ union, Rudolfo Arrechea, affirmed Saturday, April 2 that the months-long strike at the Teatro Colón opera house has been lifted “in order to attend a negotiation session next Tuesday with government functionaries,” as reported in Urgente 24.
Arrechea said that a “compás de espera,” (a “whole rest,” i.e., a brief interruption) was decided upon in assembly in order to facilitate negotiations, but he added that it followed termination notice telegrams to 41 musicians at the opera house.
The telegrams were sent to the musicians’ homes under orders of Teatro Colón General Director Pedro Pablo García Caffi, an ally of right-wing mayor Mauricio Macrí. Macrí has denounced the musicians as “a group of employees who are very violent, authoritarian and believe themselves to be the owners of the theater.” The musicians are members of the Colón’s orchestra and are on strike over salary issues, as well as over the deplorable conditions in the Teatro, where renovation and repair work has been plagued by cost overruns, delays and inadequate and unsafe conditions for years.
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