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Around the Web – “Mafia” union on trial over agency worker death

25 September 2012

The murder of an agency worker in Argentina two years ago is going to trial, Junge Welt writes today. The worker, Mariano Ferreyra, had been protesting over a dispute involving the outsourcing of railway workers in October 2010.

Ferreyra was shot dead, allegedly by order of the railway workers’ union (UF) with the chairman José Pedraza now going to court, accused of inciting his murder.

Pedraza is said to have given his approval for a mob of thugs to intimidate the strikers with violence. He has been also been accused of having acted over “political and economic” reasons and, if found guilty, could face life in prison.

The paper writes that unions in Argentina have mafia-like structures, and the strike action two years ago has posed a business threat to the union. 

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