BUENOS AIRES, March 26 Opposition labor unions
said on Wednesday they will hold a 24-hour strike on April 10 to
press for wage increases in line with Argentina's inflation
rate, estimated by private economists at more than 30 percent
The strike will include public transportation workers,
government employees and truck drivers belonging to groups
critical of the economic stewardship of Cristina Fernandez, who
is set to end her second term as president late next year.
Any prolonged truckers' strike next month or in May could
interfere with transportation of what is expected to be a record
soy harvest of more than 54 million tonnes. Argentina is the
world's No. 1 exporter of soyoil and soymeal, as well as its
third biggest supplier of raw soybeans.
After a decade of strong economic growth, Argentine business
confidence is being damaged by galloping consumer prices,
plummeting central bank reserves and heavy-handed currency
controls that have reduced access to U.S. dollars.
(Reporting by Alejandro Lifschitz; Writing by Hugh Bronstein;
Editing by Stephen Powell)