The deputy and pre-candidate for president of the PTS and the Left Front referred to the protest measure carried out by the bus drivers this Friday. “There were sectors of workers who stopped due to their claims, there are businessmen who carry out an employer lockout to claim more subsidies and there is a government that maintains a corrupt and inefficient system. It seems to me that we must go to the bottom of the matter, as the public transport system is organized it does not work anymore. The State is the one that puts the money. Today Massa said 85%, I had understood that it was 88%, but we are talking about almost all, a very high percentage of the sums with which public transport is maintained by the State. And there is a group of businessmen that manages State money, does not give the workers the corresponding claims and it is not known what happens with that“, he assured.
And she added: “I was a legislator for the City of Buenos Aires. With my partner Patricio del Corro, now a candidate for deputy for the City of Buenos Aires, we did a lot of research on the subject of the subway and we demonstrated that, for the conformation of the subway rate For example, the champagne dinners of the company managers were charged, the remis that the company manager took to return home, and with all these things they included them to make up the value of the rate. This system of concessioning public transport to private businessmen must be nationalized, nationalized and must be placed under the control of workers and users to eliminate precisely this continuous transfer of subsidies which, if you think about how many of the transport secretaries have ended up, totally involved in corruption, shows that it is a system that is prohibited from the beginning to the end and that the consequences are paid by users and workers”.
In the same vein, he noted: “This system cannot continue to govern where employers are intermediaries of State money and where those who pay the consequences are those who work, both the drivers of the bus companies themselves and those who permanently suffer from terrible service. Today they are covering it because there is a strike, but public transport is disastrous. We were recently discussing security issues. Where are the booths that they had promised to put up and that the drivers are demanding? Are the tours the ones that are best for families in the most remote neighborhoods or are they the ones that are best for companies? I think there is a lack of control that many bite and take a lot of money. What Massa said today is an acknowledgment, saying that 85% of the money is provided by the State… If the money is provided by the State and the ones who leave their lives above the units are the drivers, why is there a group of businessmen who flouts the subsidies, does not comply with the demands of the workers and provides a lousy service? I think that this intermediation must be eliminated, which does not make any sense. But from a legal point of view, here they have to explain what they do with the subsidies. Go to any neighborhood and they tell you that, during the night, at a certain time the buses no longer pass. People who have to get up very early to go to work don’t have buses, they don’t have units, or they have to wait for hours at a bus stop. It’s everyday life that fucks you.”
Bregman also compared the situation with what is happening in the subway in the City of Buenos Aires: “The problem is the government that is allowing this. If one thinks about what is happening in the subway in the city of Buenos Aires, few Sometimes I have seen something so serious. The presence of asbestos by trains that they bought was another scam. Why don’t they remove it? A carcinogenic material that has been banned for 20 years in Argentina, which has already caused the death of three workers and there are more They’re over 80 with the disease. And they have to stop the subway because no one hears that they can’t continue working in those conditions! They play with that, they play with the sensitivity of the subway workers themselves who, before taking any action, think because workers travel there. But they take you to the limit, because they don’t recognize the claims and in the middle are all these scandalous deals. There are people who become millionaires with this. I would like to see the transport businessmen, let’s see if any lives in humble conditions or they all lead a high life, because later when it turns out who are the ones who run away money, who get rich in this country, they are more or less the same names, those who live from public works and from the negotiated with the state.
Asked about the statements of Martín Lousteau, and about the use of words like “hostages” y “extortion” To refer to the workers’ protest measure, Bregman responded: “They are manual, they are the ones they always use. Lousteau is a rich kid, I don’t know how to take public transport ever in my life, he must not know what it is. He thinks that they campaign in private planes, they have no idea how people travel. Do you think they know what it’s like to go to the constitution to take a train at six in the afternoon? Do you know the filth that is in the Buenos Aires subway that makes you sick to get on at the Carlos Pellegrini station, and that you have to travel and that the fare increases every day? Do you know what it costs you to load the upload more every day? I don’t think they have the slightest idea.” And he added: “Everyone talks about ‘hostages’ and so on. They are all promising to continue to comply with the Monetary Fund. What is one of the mottos of the IMF, of the impositions of the Monetary Fund? Withdraw subsidies. If the electricity or gas rates are withdrawn… My father lives in the interior of the province of Buenos Aires and 23 thousand pesos of light arrived. Why doesn’t Lousteau explain, why doesn’t Sergio Massa explain what will happen next year, when the big payments to the Monetary Fund start and they have to cut subsidies? They are going to cut the profits of the employers or the workers are going to put it in their pockets.”
In addition, he once again emphasized the problem of following the IMF recipes and how it will impact the price of tariffs: “Here there is a problem that will continue to exist and that is why I warn that, in addition, the policy of the Monetary Fund is to withdraw the subsidies and that Larreta, Bullrich, Massa, all agree. So this is coming, if we don’t face it from now on, that the rates will double, triple or much more, because nobody is willing to touch those intermediaries that are the businessmen, that nobody can explain what role they play. Why does the State, as Massa said today, have to put 85 pesos for every 100, give it to some businessmen who in turn seek maneuvers and keep the money? We must eliminate this intermediation that does not make any sense and nationalize the service“. And he completed: “If you nationalize the service, as we propose, and put it under the control of workers and users, you could really know how much it costs, how much the employers are taking now for their homes, how much they really spend. All this is not known today. Today is absolutely out of control And when a day like today passes, they leave the Government and say that the money is provided by the State. And then the businessman, what is he for? “