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Argentina: Retirees rally in Buenos Aires to demand pension increase03:22

Argentina: Retirees rally in Buenos Aires to demand pension increase

Argentina, Buenos Aires
November 24, 2020 at 02:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Retirees and supporting protesters took to the streets of Buenos Aires to demand a pension increase on Monday.

"A pensioner does not want to lose his dignity as a person. The retiree wants to be dignified until his death," said pensioner Ruben Gioannini, who went on to say that "the family basket of a retiree, of a married person, is between 35 and 40,000 pesos [367 - 420 euros]. And the minimum pension, after having worked for 40 years is, now with the increase, and the great effort that was made, [is] 18,000 pesos [189 euros].”

On 18 November the government announced a 5% increase in pensions from December on, a move described as "a real shame" by demonstrator Mirta Costa. "The increase we were given this month is 903 pesos [9.5 euros]. We are going to get 19,000 [199 euros]," she explained.

According to reports, the basic market basket for one person in Argentina is 17,000 pesos [178 euros], which indicates the difficulties faced by retirees who receive the minimum pension.

Argentina: Retirees rally in Buenos Aires to demand pension increase03:22
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Retirees and supporting protesters took to the streets of Buenos Aires to demand a pension increase on Monday.

"A pensioner does not want to lose his dignity as a person. The retiree wants to be dignified until his death," said pensioner Ruben Gioannini, who went on to say that "the family basket of a retiree, of a married person, is between 35 and 40,000 pesos [367 - 420 euros]. And the minimum pension, after having worked for 40 years is, now with the increase, and the great effort that was made, [is] 18,000 pesos [189 euros].”

On 18 November the government announced a 5% increase in pensions from December on, a move described as "a real shame" by demonstrator Mirta Costa. "The increase we were given this month is 903 pesos [9.5 euros]. We are going to get 19,000 [199 euros]," she explained.

According to reports, the basic market basket for one person in Argentina is 17,000 pesos [178 euros], which indicates the difficulties faced by retirees who receive the minimum pension.

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