On 14 September 2004 a delegation of workers from some of Argentina's roughly 200 re-occupied factories marched in Buenos Aires. They demanded that the government definitively legalize the expropriation of factories and other bankrupt enterprises which were abandoned by owners and run under direct workers' control after the collapse of the country's economy in December 2001.
A delegation of 170 activists – 100 workers from Zanon ceramics factory and 70 from social movements supporting the factory – arrived in the morning in Buenos Aires to march to a local court and national congress in defense of a possible government eviction of Zanon [en] [de]. Workers from Chilavert printing factory, Bauen Hotel, Brukman suit factory, Conforti printing factory, Renacer electronics from Usuhia, Junin health clinic, Ados health clinic, Gattic shoe company, Sasetru pasta company, and various unemployed workers organizations participated in the march.
After the crisis of December 19 and 20, 2001, the Argentine government gave many workers occupying businesses temporary permits to function inside offices and factories. However, these agreements had a two year limit. Some of the permits are set to expire before the end of 2004. It is uncertain how the current government will negotiate the conflict.
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