Striking in South America

While most of South America is gearing up for a monster snow storm that, at one point was predicted to bring 19 feet of snow (!!) to the Andes (Now it’s more like 90 inches), the people of Bariloche, Argentina and patrons of Cerro Catedral ski area are being left high and dry.  That’s right, because at Cerro Catedral, the lift operators have bound together to go on strike, blocking off access to the different lifts around the mountain.  But then the issue escalated when frustrated shop owners and instructors confronted the lift operators in what turned into a large fist fight.  The police had to be called to break up the brawl.  The lift operators are seeking a 30% wage increase to continue working.  Again, this comes at a majorly bad time with this massive snow storm moving through the Andes.  Skiers and Snowboarders may have to look elsewhere to get their fix of the white stuff.

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