The results of the first round of the presidential elections show that the period of instability that began in Argentina a year and a half ago has not ended. The massive scattering of votes also reveals the high level of discontent present in all layers of society. These elections mark a new milestone in the social and political situation in Argentina.
The measures adopted and announced by the Kirchner government during
its first few weeks in power have triggered a very lively debate within
the Argentine labour movement. In addition to this, there is
also another debate within the left itself on the nature of the current
stage of the mass movement that began with the "Argentinazo"
uprising in December 2001.
The Buenos Aires underground workers are fighting for the same demands
as other Argentinian workers: fair wages to allow us to live with
dignity, to work in safe and hygienic conditions and respect for our
rights as workers. Please send your solidarity messages.
We are appealing to all our supporters to take part in an international
campaign of solidarity with the Metro workers of Buenos Aires who have
been involved in an ongoing dispute for some time now. A new bitter
labour dispute has been unleashed, the result of which is crucial for
the whole of the Argentinean working class.
The Buenos Aires metro workers are heading for an all out confrontation
with the bosses and the government. The dispute has become a point of
reference for all active trade unionists and the left in general.
Yesterday (Wednesday) there was a 24 hour general strike which has been
extended by a further 48 hours for today (Thursday) and tomorrow. There
is a lot at stake not only for this sector but for the whole of the
Argentinean working class. See the Spanish article Solidaridad con la lucha de los trabajadores del SUBTE
for more details. It is crucial that we intensify the international
campaign of solidarity with our support. Please keep sending your
The comrades of the Marxist current El Militante in Spain and of the Socialist Current El Militante
in Argentina have received an appeal for solidarity from the workers of
Zanon. We appeal to all comrades, readers and supporters of In Defence of Marxism
to take up this campaign and send protest and solidarity messages to
the workers in the best traditions of the international working class
movement – “An Injury to One is an Injury to All”.