Normally bustling streets in Argentina’s capital are mostly empty due to a national strike called by transportation unions to demand the government lower their income tax rates to offset inflation they say is eroding their earnings.
Tuesday’s strike shut down buses, trains and the subway system.
Transportation workers represent only a fraction of the South American country’s workforce. However, shutting down trains and buses can create a domino effect because many Argentines have no other way to get to work or school. A similar strike March 31 brought much of the country to a standstill.
The unions argue that high taxes and inflation, which private economists put at around 35 percent, have eroded wage gains. Government officials have argued the tax rates are fair.