National Sections of the L5I:

Argentina

Workers control in Argentina

The Brukman textile workers occupied their factory on 18 December when their boss- who owed them months of back wages disappeared from the factory. Rather than lose their jobs in the conditions of total economic meltdown which Argentina was entering, the workers in the Buenos Aires clothes factory decided to occupy. Read more...

IMF puts the screws on Argentina

In May, President Duhalde’s new economics minister, Roberto Lavagna (the sixth Argentine economics minister in 14 months) promised to sign a deal with the IMF by June. Not long after, a phone conversation with the IMF’s number two, Anne Krueger, put paid to his optimism. Since December when Argentina defaulted on its $140 billion government debt, the IMF has been blocking access to loans until the Government fulfils its conditions. Read more...

Between explosion and desperation

The crisis of Argentine capitalism is total – economic, social and political. It is no surprise that in such a situation the very regime of the ruling class totters on the edge of an abyss. Read more...

Peronism: A break on class independence

On 17 October 1945, hundreds of thousands of workers from the districts of Buenos Aires came together in the Plaza de Mayo to demand the release of General Juan Peron. That night, Peron was released from confinement and addressed a crowd of more than 300,000 people. Read more...

This factory operates under workers control

Neuquén is in the vanguard of the struggle against unemployment. It is a small city with around 200,000 people in the west of the country. The protest against the social crisis has reached a qualitatively higher level there than in the rest of Argentina. At first glance, there was nothing unconventional about the city – except the numerous placards and signs fixed on the lamp posts calling for solidarity with the strike of the ceramic workers at Zanon. Read more...

Women at the heart of the rebellion

The revolutionary events in Argentina electrified workers all over the world. It inspired those fighting privatisation, rising unemployment and cuts in state welfare being forced down their throats by the International Monetary Fund and local rulers. Read more...

‘We have to get rid of them all!’

An interview conducted with a militant from the PTS in Argentina who visited Europe on a speakers tour after the revolutionary days of 2002. Read more...

From rebellion to revolution

The “revolutionary days” of December 2001 represent the culmination of over two years of economic, social and political crisis in Argentina. Beginning in the wake of the “Asian crash” in 1997 the country has experienced mounting waves of class struggle, blockades of roads by the unemployed (piquetaros), eight general strikes, local uprisings, plus significant gains for the left in the November 2001 elections. Read more...

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