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Argentine organizations denounce dismissal of science workers

Buenos Aires, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Association of State Workers of Argentina (ATE) will hold a protest at the Scientific Pole, in the capital, against the dismissal of science workers.

Under the motto “Reincorporation now. Everyone here is needed!”, the members will condemn the termination of labor contracts of the National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development, and Innovation. They will also denounce cuts promoted by the Government of Javier Milei in the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET).

Recently, more than 60 winners of the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Economics, Medicine, and Physics expressed their concern about the impact of the measures promoted by Milei, on the development of Argentina.

In a letter addressed to the president, renowned researchers from several nations warned that these sectors in Argentina are approaching “a dangerous precipice”, which would affect the people and the world.

“We fear that Argentina is abandoning its scientists, students, and future leaders in the area. We are concerned that the reduction of the budgets of CONICET and the National Universities reflects a dramatic devaluation of the citizens and the future of Argentina,” the letter states, and points out that “Without an infrastructure for science, a country falls into helplessness and vulnerability, without developing its own technology to advance, or training people.”

“Economic and social progress are closely linked to a strong public investment in science and technology. For these reasons, we urge you to restore constrained budgets. Freezing research programs and reducing the number of students will lead to the destruction of a system that took many years to build,” it concludes.

Milei pointed out on Tuesday that during this time, more than 50,000 national public administration workers have been laid off; he also confirmed that the contracts of another 70,000 will not be renewed.

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