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Argentine organizations to reject new Omnibus Law project

Buenos Aires, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Members of union and social organizations in Argentina will mobilize to reject a new version of the so-called Omnibus Law that will be analyzed in the Chamber of Deputies.

The State Workers Association (ATE), the Union of Popular Economy Workers (UTEP), and members of culture and communication groups, among others, confirmed their attendance at the rally.

“The Government of Javier Milei wants to hand over our country, the rights we have achieved, and our future to the powerful, as always. Do not let them raffle off our dreams. Let’s go to Congress!” wrote the general secretary of ATE Capital, Daniel Catalano, on X.

On February 6th, the deputies rejected the project called the Law of Bases and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines, after debating only six articles of more than 300 in the package, which included highly questioned aspects such as the granting of legislative powers to the President, the privatization of public entities and the declaration of emergency in economic, financial, security, tariff, energy and administrative matters.

For several days, hundreds of protesters expressed their disagreement with the initiative and were repressed by the Federal and motorized police, the Gendarmerie, and the Prefecture, who employed batons, tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets.

On this occasion, the Government presented a reduced version of the project, but if approved, Milei will have numerous delegated powers that will allow him to intervene and suppress several organizations, including the National Genetic Data Bank.

In addition, the intention to carry out a labor reform that extends the testing period of workers restricts the right to strike and protest, facilitates outsourcing and layoffs, among other provisions, remains. It also proposes restoring the Income Tax for employees, which was eliminated in 2023 by Sergio Massa, then Minister of Economy.