Argentines protest against Macri reforms

Apr 30, 2016, 3:12 PM EDT

Thousands of Argentines have staged a noisy protest against job cuts imposed under President Mauricio Macri's economic reforms. The demonstration was organised by two major labour unions, the CGT and CTA, who united against the president's cuts to spending and public sector jobs.

The unions say that 100,000 workers have lost their jobs in the public and private sectors since President Macri came to power, reports the BBC. But the president argues that tough reforms are necessary to restore Argentina's damaged economy.

The rallies, which take place ahead of International Workers’ Day on Sunday, writes teleSur, are being coordinated by the Center for Argentine Workers (CTA) and General Confederation of Workers (CGT), are expected to include the participation of up to 100,000 workers, organizers estimated. “Macri is against the workers,” Hugo Moyano leader of the DGT said yesterday, criticizing the president for failing to engage in dialogue with union representatives over the job losses. Macri's administration has said it has cut 10,000 workers across various government ministries, and that more layoffs may be coming. Unions say around 70,000 have been cut.