Argentine Unions March in Capital, Demanding More State Benefits

Thousands of members of Argentina’s largest unions blocked the widest avenue in Buenos Aires in a march demanding an increase in social security payments.

Protesters plan to rally outside congress this afternoon to support an opposition-backed bill that seeks to increase payments to the poorest families by 15 percent and create 1 million new jobs. The bill was already approved by the lower house and needs ratification by the senate.

Argentina is in a recession and inflation has soared after the government implemented a series of measures to reform the economy.

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