In the midst of tense negotiations with companies to
freeze the prices of some 2,000 products
and when inflation in
January will once again touch 6%,
a group of piqueteros will go out today to control
prices in the City and some areas of the suburbs.
This was announced by the La Dignidad Popular Movement, stating that it will begin to monitor prices and supply of products in supermarkets in CABA and the Conurbano.
This Movement is led by the
former Social Development official, Rafael Klejzer.
It is noteworthy given that, at the request of the Ministry of Economy, the checkpoints led by the truckers were deactivated first, and then that of the piquetero groups that were deployed on the coast whose
actions consisted of distributing brochures.
As for Pablo Moyano, according to the trucker leader, he met with Matías Tombolini and the Secretary of Commerce asked him to collaborate in the logistics centers because they had detected serious irregularities.
Ultimately, he called them.
But when the leaders linked to Moyano began to appear in leading supermarkets and distribution centers,
the blue registered it and began its upward career: it already has a 23% increase
so far this year.
The data seems not to be registered by this piquetero sector that today starts with the controls.
"We are going to carry out a first independent survey in
different supermarket chains to verify if the products agreed upon in the Fair Prices program
are on the shelves," explained Rafael Klejzer, a reference for the La Dignidad Popular Movement and UTEP, the piqueteros who with the ruling party .
From the organization they say that according to the information they handle, they have detected shortages of around 50% average in the articles that the companies agreed with the national State.
"We noticed that a few months ago the breaches were
registered in the prices, today we see that what is not respected is the supply
and consumers find themselves in many cases with empty shelves," said Klejzer.
Just in case, they pointed out that the success of the controls will depend to a certain extent on whether the supermarkets allow entry and compliance with the work of the census takers.
Ten days ago, the piqueteros allied to the Government were part of the price control operations in supermarkets throughout the country, which had started with the Truckers union.
The fact motivated a
strong controversy in the political arena that led to a complaint by Elisa Carrió
against President Alberto Fernández, the Minister of Economy Sergio Massa and the Secretary of Commerce Matías Tombolini.
The chief of staff of the Buenos Aires government, Felipe Miguel, even announced that the City Government enabled 911, the line used for emergency and insecurity situations, so that "businessmen denounce Truckers unionists who go to control prices.
But in the end, last Friday the 20th, at 25 points along the Atlantic Coast, leaders of Somos Barrios de Pie, the social organization led by Daniel Menéndez,
limited themselves to distributing brochures and explaining how the APP works
to denounce breaches of the so-called "Fair Prices" in supermarkets and shops.
It is curious because the Government indicates that its own control system is very active.
The State works with 358 companies;
consumer defense organizations, and about 30 unions that help enforce the agreement.
The Fair Prices program has an application from which consumers can check the price of food and report if it is different or if there is a shortage.