Thousands of passengers stranded at Retiro station due to a strike by drivers
Buenos Aires, July 19, 2012
Thousands of passengers were stranded at Retiro station due to indefinite strike of drivers grouped in the UTA Union.
Many people had no remedies to spend the night in the terminal, with no heat, no open bar, and no bathrooms without fear of being assaulted.
With so much frustration, some passengers decided to block Antarctica Argentina Street at its intersection with Ramos Mejia demanding the departure of the buses that take them to their destinations.
In addition, many complained that the companies do not want to pay back their ticket and some not even opened their offices to the public today.
The official of the National Commission for Transport Regulation (CNRT), Alejandro Rusconi was present at the scene but was not well received, as people began to boo him as he made some announcements.
Rusconi said that “there will be penalties for the operator of the Retiro staton. Baths were closed and the heating turned off.”
He also reported that companies must provide the services and thus “they were inspected to determine the offenses that were incurred after the activation of the strike.”