Union leaders called for a ‘complete rejection of the government’s economic policy’ [File:Marcos Brindicci/Reuters]

Argentinian labour unions have called for a national strike to protest against President Mauricio Macri’s fiscal austerity programme, which has proven painful for families already hit hard by a combination of a shrinking economy and fast-rising consumer prices. 

“This strike is a demonstration of repudiation by our society of a government which has produced hunger, misery, unemployment and indebtedness,” declared Hugo Moyano, the boss of the truckers’ union.

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Union leaders called for a “rejection of the government’s economic policy”.

According to local reports, on Tuesday protesters plan to shut down flights, the metro in Buenos Aires, banks and schools.

On Wednesday, unions will lead a rally at

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