On Wednesday, January 24, Argentina will experience a day of general strike in which the country’s main unions will take to the streets to demonstrate against the decree of necessity and urgency (DNU), by which numerous laws and regulations are eliminated to deregulate the economy and allow the privatization of public companies, and the omnibus law, promoted by the president, Javier Milei.

The unions are scheduled to march along Avenida de Mayo in Buenos Aires, one of the main streets of the city of Buenos Aires, to later reach Congress, where the central events of the day will take place, between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time. .

Customer service in some bank branches will be suspended on Wednesday, while public transport will operate normally until 7:00 p.m., when a transport strike will begin until midnight.

The unions hope that the call will be “the most massive” in history and that it will reflect the popular rejection of the “adjustment and cutback” plans of the Milei Government. The main union organizations are going to support the strike, including the CGT, the CTA, the ATE and La Bancaria.

“On January 24, the people will take to the streets in a historic mobilization to protest against the inflationary rampage and reject the DNU and the Omnibus Law,” said the general secretary of the Argentine Workers’ Union (CTA), Hugo Yasky.

The Government has shown at all times its rejection of this call, which arrives in record time, as it has criticized. Specifically, it refers to the speed with which the Milei Executive has had to face its first national strike, less than two months after taking office.

In this sense, it should be noted that the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) did not call any strike during the last five years, which includes the entire time that President Alberto Fernández was in office, which has increased criticism of the current president.

Milei has ruled this Monday that the strike will show that there are two Argentinas, and those who support it will be those who want to stay in the model of the past and decadence, standing against the Government’s path to be “a country of development “.

In recent days there have also been threats to workers who participate. The Executive has warned that it could deduct the day from those who support the half-day general strike. “We are analyzing it as a certain possibility,” said presidential spokesman Manuel Adorni.

Likewise, a telephone line has been made available to Argentines to report extortion and threats to force mobilization. “If you are an Argentine who fights every day to get ahead and they extort or pressure you so that you go on strike on January 24, defend your rights by making a complaint to 134. Don’t be afraid!”, detailed the Ministry of Security .

The Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME) has also rejected the strike, considering that it will imply a day without production and without commercial activity and a “major” economic loss for the country. “Our SMEs need to work, since without work there is no income,” said its president, Alfredo Gonz├ílez.