Santa Cruz picketers mantain roadblocks despite eviction order

Santa Cruz Judge Eduardo Quelín urged the Santa Cruz teacher unions to lift the blockades they set on routes to oilfields and ordered that the Gendarmerie to guarantee free traffic.

The teachers unions demand a fifty percent raise in wages and have set blockades on routes to oilfields for over a month, thus making it hard for oil refineries to supply Santa Cruz.

Despite the judge’s warning, a union spokesman said that they won’t lift their camps. “The five pickets are going strong and we won’t leave them,” Pedro Munñoz said-.

“We condemn the judge’s measure that defends the interests of oil companies. We hope nothing happens, but Gendarmerie is already there to remove our mates,”-

Last Friday a group of unionist’s family members blocked two buses which carried Gendarmerie officers in Las Heras district of Santa Cruz.  The group blocked route 43, which forced the Gendarmerie officers to go back to Pico Truncado city.

The government fined teacher unions for not abiding by the mandatory conciliation that was dictated on May 2 to solve the conflict, that stems from wage complaints.

The fines are of a thousand pesos per day for the unions and local authorities have warned that there could be legal sanctions due to disobedience.

Judge Eduardo Quelín urged the Santa Cruz teacher unions to lift the blockades they set on routes to oilfields and ordered that the Gendarmerie to guarantee free traffic.

The teachers unions demand a fifty percent raise in wages and have set blockades on routes to oilfields for over a month, thus making it hard for oil refineries to supply Santa Cruz.

Despite the judge’s warning, a union spokesman said that they won’t lift their camps. “The five pickets are going strong and we won’t leave them,” Pedro Munñoz said-.

“We condemn the judge’s measure that defends the interests of oil companies. We hope nothing happens, but Gendarmerie is already there to remove our mates,”-

Last Friday a group of unionist’s family members blocked two buses which carried Gendarmerie officers in Las Heras district of Santa Cruz. The group blocked route 43, which forced the Gendarmerie officers to go back to Pico Truncado city.

The government fined teacher unions for not abiding by the mandatory conciliation that was dictated on May 2 to solve the conflict, that stems from wage complaints.

The fines are of a thousand pesos per day for the unions and local authorities have warned that there could be legal sanctions due to disobedience.
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