Trade unions and left-wing groups led a demonstration against the proposed Economic Emergency Law in the Argentine capital on Sunday.

Demonstrators, many wearing masks and face shields, took to the streets to protest against the bill despite the mandatory lockdown in place in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Head of the Buenos Aires city government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, is promoting the proposed bill. Amanda Marquez, a teacher's union representative who participated in the protest, explained that the bill "allows the freezing of salaries, the non-opening of parity commissions or any remuneration and even, in its original version, proposed salary payment in installments".

Rocio Rodriguez, a doctor who took part in Sunday's rally, spoke about the difficulties that health workers are experiencing. "Today we are going through one of the most difficult situations facing the pandemic, but also, in the hospitals, we are suffering from labor precariousness, with very low salaries, with lack of parity commissions in almost all districts and at the national level, we are facing it with lack of inputs, with lack of centralized protocols.”

The Social Emergency Law project was presented two weeks ago, and is set to be voted on in a session in the Golden Hall of the Legislative Palace on Thursday.

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