Communiqué from the Workers of the Brukman Factory, Buenos Aires, Argentina


We Demand: Municipalize the Brukman Factory under Workers Control!


[This communiqué from Argentine workers in a Buenos Aires factory was forwarded to Labor Standard from a student antiwar group in Canada. It is likely that workers in other industries are making similar moves. (We have left the rough translation largely unedited.)

[Our correspondent in Canada rightly comments that the movement in Argentina is becoming a model of revolutionary response to the “structural adjustment programs” imposed by the International Monetary Fund. (These “SAP’s” bring belt-tightening austerity for the workers, while the bosses, politicians, and international creditors skim off whatever economic surplus they can.)

[The communiqué refers to “neighborhood assemblies.” BBC News reported on February 3 that such assemblies all over the enormous metropolitan area of Buenos Aires are coordinating mass marches to the center of the city, demanding “Out, out, all politicians out.”

“Small neighbourhood assemblies gathered in streets across the capital and then marched beneath banners to the city center,” the BBC reported.

“There, a crowd grew outside the presidential palace, chanting ‘out, out, all the politicians out’ and ‘give us our money.’

“Protesters are demanding free access to their bank accounts and the resignation of the government.”

Mass protest in Buenos Aires

Thousands march almost daily in protest

 

On December 18, 2001, the employers’ association of Brukman (CEBEX) left the factory, leaving the goods, machinery, and all the debts unpaid. As if this were not enough, they have owed us workers 4 months of wages, Christmas bonuses, vacation pay, and family wages for 5 years. That is why we took over the factory, so we can operate it, under our control, and we are beginning a STRIKE FUND, to guarantee that the struggle does not get broken by hunger.

All these steps gave us power to defend until the last consequences the source of our work with which we maintain our 120 families, in spite of the treason of our union. We believe that this must be the answer of all workers to each company that closes, dismisses, or suspends comrades.

Now we are going to have to look Justice in the face. We must not let them close this factory. We are fighting for a subsidy to cover costs until we can completely MUNICIPALIZE UNDER WORKERS CONTROL.

We need solidarity among the working class mass organizations, the unions in the struggle, the centers of combative students, the organizations of unemployed people, political and neighborhood parties that fight with the cacerolazos [and] in the [neighborhood] assemblies, and of youth.

LET US FIGHT TOGETHER.

We demand workers control of all factories that close down, fire workers, or lay off workers.

NO MORE WORTHLESS CONTRACTS!

YES TO DIGINIFIED AND GENUINE WORK!

NOT ONE MORE UNEMPLOYED PERSON!

MARCH MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY TO THE GOVERNMENT CENTER OF THE CITY OF BUENOS AIRES