Thou­sands join call for more jobs

The Myanmar Times - - World -

RE­SPOND­ING to a call by Pope Fran­cis, thou­sands of Ar­gen­tines marched from church through the streets in a mass protest de­mand­ing more jobs and less poverty.

Catholic wor­ship­pers marked the feast of Ca­je­tan, pa­tron saint of the un­em­ployed, pray­ing to him at the church that bears his name in Buenos Aires.

Thou­sands joined a street pro­ces­sion on Au­gust 7 from the church to cen­tral Plaza de Mayo square in front of the pres­i­den­tial palace.

They marched un­der the slo­gan “bread and work” to the din of drums and yells of “More jobs!”

It was the lat­est in a series of protests against job cuts and util­ity rate hikes this year un­der the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Mauricio Macri.

Labour unions say 200,000 jobs have been cut in var­i­ous sec­tors since Mr Macri took of­fice in De­cem­ber. His gov­ern­ment says 52,000 pri­vate sec­tor jobs and 11,000 public posts were cut be­tween Jan­uary and May.

At a mass in the church, the arch­bishop of Buenos Aires, Mario Poli, read out a let­ter from the Ar­gen­tineborn Pope Fran­cis who ex­pressed con­cern over “high lev­els of un­em­ploy­ment” in his home­land.

A re­cent study by Catholic Univer­sity es­ti­mated that 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple fell into poverty in Ar­gentina in the first quar­ter of this year.

Ar­gentina is the third-big­gest econ­omy in Latin Amer­ica but is stricken by high in­fla­tion. –

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