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”.
On March 30, 1982, in response to Argentina's deepening economic crisis, and the repression of General Galtieri's military-police dictatorship, the workers had taken to the streets of Buenos Aires. The regime was staring overthrow in the face. It responded by starting a war, one of the principal aims of which was to distract the attention of the masses. In all wars the policy and analysis of every organisation is put to the test. The analysis made by the Marxists, on the other hand, remains as valid as when it was written. Unlike other tendencies we can reproduce everything we wrote twenty years ago without changing a single word.
In the three
articles that Luis Oviedo has written in answer to my article
published on January 7 (Marxism versus Sectarianism - Reply to Luis Oviedo) a number of very important issues are raised. These
questions deserve the most careful consideration by Marxists in Britain,
Argentina and internationally. However, in order to clarify the issues raised
and to educate the cadres (which ought to be the aim of every polemic) it is
necessary to avoid heated language, distortions and personal attacks that only
serve to divert attention away from the political questions. Such an approach
will only confuse matters instead of clarifying them.