Argentine Workers March for Expropriation Law

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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them time is right to mve twoard a syndicate

ACE 16.Sep.2004 17:27

It looks like a great oppertunity to present
a syndicate model of organization,It sounds like the workers
have some great ideas.You know the right is going too try
some kind of shit though,maybe all those outsorced jobs dont have to be lost.......

direct action gets the goods

ACE 16.Sep.2004 17:31

It looks like the syndicate model of organization
stands a chance.Hope they take this in the
direction it should go and are successful in their

Gaining Individual Control

Pete 21.Sep.2004 17:50

Hopefully the country of Argentina will fully and completely recognize the accomplishment of individuals, social movements and local ingenuity and reward all involved the salvaged buildings and equipment that were left when large corporations pronounced and sentenced the people of Argentina as economically dead. The quality of life in those areas must have improved in so many ways from people gaining interpersonal skills, enhancing community and building connections that inbetween beings that run deeper than typical hierarchial structures of corporate operation. It is so great that these people men and women together have developed there own enterprises out of "first world" scraps. Someday maybe these factories can contribute to a International Peoples Bartering Economy where producers of goods equitably and sustainably can interact in a way that is more humane than the current currency inequality way of manipulating human labor.