The head of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA), Daniel Funes de Rioja, spoke about the possibility of not paying the salary to those who did not want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and triggered a controversy. Hours later, Sandra Pitta, Conicet scientist and candidate for national deputy for the City of Buenos Aires, second on the list of Together led by Ricardo López Murphy, joined the discussion.
Through the social network Twitter, Pitta said: “An emergency authorized vaccination cannot be made mandatory. Someone to explain to these people. Also: how many refuse [a vacunarse] in Argentina? I don’t think that’s the problem. “
In a later post, Pitta argued: “The problem is the vaccine shortage. They are not the anti-vaccines. Do not spread lies to protect power. “He continued:” I have been waiting for my second dose of AstraZeneca for two months. That’s the problem. Not to mention the second doses of Sputnik. “
The answers to the head of the UIA did not come only in the opposition arc. Hugo Yasky, secretary general of the CTA and candidate for deputy for the Frente de Todos, fired this Wednesday in The Uncover Radio: “What the UIA raises is extortion of workers. We want all workers to be vaccinated, but not like this. “
For her part, Myriam Bregman, candidate for national deputy for the Workers’ Left Front (FIT) pointed out in We are Radio AM530: “The business lobby is full. There were several companies that did not stop with their production at any time during the pandemic and entire factories were infected. Nobody cared if they had doses or not. Funes de Rioja is a cheeky. It seems to me that what he is trying to install are the disguised dismissals, “he criticized.
The UIA position
The issue that triggered various reactions was installed after the meeting of the UIA Board of Directors, which stated that those factory workers who decide not to get vaccinated they will not be able to return to their job as part of the health protocols adopted by each company.
Hugo Yasky described as “extortionate” the proposal of the UIA. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi.
As expressed by the entity, those workers who refuse to be vaccinated must also lose the benefit they had until now to receive a salary or non-remunerative assignment.
“Those who do not get vaccinated or do not want to do so, no one can force them to get vaccinated. But in that case, the question is that cease dispensation, so that the corresponding non-remunerative allocation ceases, “said Funes de Rioja in a press round on Tuesday night.
He also affirmed that the industrialists took that position when taking into account the international experience.
And he added: “To the extent that a worker who wants to return and decides not to be vaccinated, that is the case. Of course, he has the doors open to get vaccinated and it will depend on the conditions for vaccination in the place where it corresponds “.
Daniel Funes de Rioja, president of the UIA. Photo: Fernando Orden.
The former president of the UIA and current national deputy, Juan Ignacio De Mendiguren spoke in favor of the UIA’s position: “This proposal helps speed up vaccination. This must be done in conjunction with the unions, since the vaccine is not mandatory, “he justified in a talk with Radio Province.
“The Ministry of Labor is studying this option. It is proposing to find a mechanism to encourage vaccination. At this moment there is an obligation to work for those who have a dose of the vaccine, “added De Mendiguren.