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(en) Workers Without Bosses* http://workerswithoutbosses.net

From <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(dreadedfin-A-hotmail.com)
Date Thu, 2 Sep 2004 22:43:00 +0200 (CEST)


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The workers of Brukman, one of about 200 self-managed factories in
Argentina, need your help. Although they recovered their factory at the
beginning of 2004 and are running it again, the factory has been damaged by
police action, and many of the machines are not running at full capacity due
to lack of spare parts and repair manuals.
http://workerswithoutbosses.net is a global network of people organizing
assistance for Argentina's occupied factories. Our website contains
information and ways to get involved, including organizing film screenings,
getting machine parts, and working on a film to document it all.
You are invited to raise awareness of the Brukman struggle by organizing a
film screening in your neighbourhood or workplace, and then helping the
Brukman workers directly by finding the machine parts and technical manuals
that they need to continue working without bosses in Buenos Aires. This is a
global call-out to workers, activists, translators, and media producers:
your actions can directly benefit one of the largest experiments in workers
self-management that has ever taken place.

We are asking that people take whatever actions they can to secure the
needed parts and manuals, whether that means securing support and funds from
within their unions, organizing neighbourhood fundraising campaigns to
purchase a needed part or manual, or simply stealing them from their
factories and popping them in the mail if that seems practical.

We also want to spark a global discussion about the possibilities and
practicalities of a democratically-managed world economy. We need media
workers from across the globe to film their local discussions after film
screenings, film the stories of people who attempt to get the parts, and
contribute video and sound segments back to our project so that we can edit
up a monster of a worker-controlled, self-managed, globally produced film.
Many of us are involved in Indymedia in one way or another, and we see this
project as an opportunity to offer practical assistance from an emerging
self-managed media system to an emerging self-managed production system that
is under dire threat. Argentina's worker-controlled factories are highly
successful enterprises; at some point, the bosses are going to want them
back.

SOME BACKGROUND

In December 2001, the workers of the Brukman garment factory in Buenos Aires
occupied their factory due to the collapse of the Argentine economy. They
ran it successfully for well over a year.

18 April 2003: Midnight. Hundreds of police officers in riot gear evict the
five workers staying on watch in the factory. Social movements in Buenos
Aires mobilize to retake the factory, resulting in massive police
repression.

Faced with unemployment in a country without any social benefits system, the
Brukman workers mounted a campaign to recover their factory, in cooperation
with other social movements. Across the street from their factory, they set
up a working vigil, complete with sewing machines, tents, and a kitchen.
Marches, street demonstrations, art workshops, and solidarity actions by
other occupied factories such as the Zanon occupied factory in the far south
of Argentina, finally resulted in victory by 29 December 2003.

On 29 December 2003, pressure from Argentina's social movements forced the
government to allow the workers back into their factory. As the police
withdrew, they stole one part from each machine in the factory, in an
attempt to cripple its productive capacity.

Brukman needs your help!

Under the terms of the settlement with the government, the Brukman workers
must pay the government for the factory within two years or the government
will foreclose. The clock is ticking.

To view photos and see the machine parts that the Brukman workers need, go
to http://www.workerswithoutbosses.net/?q=/image/tid/3

The workers of Zanon, another occupied factory in the south of Argentina,
have a different request:

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The idea {of the website} is very interesting, I would like to know if it is
possible that through this international website, we could research on a
leather strip we need for a machine. The parts and brand are: Optibelt
(Germany) B 472, B 512, B 551, B 583.

I will send you a text about Zanon to put on the website, but right now my
comrades are looking for information on these parts.
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Information about what we have found out so far about these parts is at
http://www.workerswithoutbosses.net/?q=comment/reply/207#comment


HOW TO CONTACT WORKERS WITHOUT BOSSES

To contact Workers Without Bosses / Obreras Sin Patron, visit
http://www.workerswithoutbosses.net/?q=contact or use the following lists:

contact@workerswithoutbosses.net is a privately-archived contact list (your
email will not be put into publicly-accessible web archives).

list@workerswithoutbosses.net is a publicly-archived list that we use for
everyday communications. To subscribe to this list, please visit the list
information page

http://www.burngreave.net/mailman/listinfo/workerswithoutbosses

and fill in the form. To view what's happened so far, please visit the list
archive at

http://springnight.burngreave.net/pipermail/workerswithoutbosses/

* This website was set up by a group of anti-authoritarians who were
inspired to take action upon learning of and thinking about the implications
of the Brukman workers' struggle.


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