(Adds details of Rosario work stoppage)
BUENOS AIRES, April 10 Labor groups in Argentina
went on a 24-hour general strike on Thursday to protest high
inflation and other conditions affecting workers, slowing
business activity and bringing the Rosario grain export hub to a
Workers in the South American grain exporting powerhouse are
negotiating wage increases in line with inflation estimated at
more than 30 percent.
The strike comes at the height of Argentine soybean
harvesting. The country is the world's No. 3 supplier of
soybeans, as well as the top exporter of soymeal animal feed and
soyoil, used to make biofuels.
The work stoppage was called by the powerful CGT labor
organization, which represents key workers such as truck drivers
and port workers. Bus drivers and other transportation workers
have also joined the 24-hour protest, slowing activity in urban
centers like Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Cordoba.
Grain traffic at the country's main port of Rosario has also
been slowed since April 5 by a conflict between unions
representing workers in charge of docking incoming cargo ships.
The main labor group representing the workers is on strike
in a show of force after losing members to a rival union.
About 80 percent of Argentine grains and oilseeds leave from
Rosario, located on the Parana River. Unionized workers are
needed to manage the entrance and exit of each ship from the
constellation of ports that make up the Rosario hub.
(Reporting by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by Jonathan Oatis;
Editing by Nick Zieminski)