Friday, August 22, 2014

Anarchism, Chile, Self-management, Argentina

 The following translations or summaries: 

Declaration of the Libertarian Left Before the Aug 21 Mobilization (*)

Chilean people are out in the street to push for real changes in education and for a new system of public education. The Libertarian Left supports the demands of the popular movements in the streets for free, public and quality education and for the social rights we struggle actively for.

The New Majority Government has lost its energy to realize the reforms that it promised during the presidential election. On the contrary it has given into the logic of the right-wing parties and is promoting merely cosmetic measures, not those that would transform the system of education. The New Majority is using its forces to coopt the student demands, subordinate the student movement and the social movements in order to create a "new accord" with the Right and the bosses...
This example (the struggle of students and workers for the reform. LG) demonstrates to us that the transforming reforms come solely from the organized student movement which has demonstrated a willingness to dialogue, to mobilize and as a consequence link with social demands...
We salute and greet the national mobilization of August 21 with the conviction that whatever reform will be institutionalized the main actor will be the social movement and it alone can respond against the interests of the elite.
For Liberty and Socialism,
Frente de Estudiantes Libertarios Chile
Oganizacion Communista Libertaria
Izquierda Libertaria

* Several hundred thousand students and workers demonstrated across Chile August 21 to push for genuine reform of the educational system, LG

Anarchists in the Labour Movement
Sintec (Construction workers union with 8000 members) is led by Cristián Vivar, an anarchist, and is part of a general resurgence of anarchism within the Chilean trade union movement. They are also involved with the dockers, wood workers, retail and municipal workers as well as this year, the election of FEL member Melissa Sepulvada to the presidency of the Chilean Student Federation. The Asociación Chilena de Seguridad (ACHS) with 1200 members, presided over by another libertarian, Víctor Quijada who is also a director of the Unión Clasista de Trabajadores, a rival federation of the mainstream CUT.
According to Left Libertarian, Manu García, this development is not recent. "We worked quietly for some years. Not only the relation with FEL and the unions, but the presence of libertarian militants already in the unions."

The Federation of Argentine Worker Cooperatives (Federación Argentina de Cooperativas de Trabajadores Autogestionados -FACTA- ) is formalizing its entry into the CTA. (Argentine Workers Confederation)
FACTA groups together 60 coops with about 2000 members. For the CTA this incorporation helps bolster class unity and adds a dimension distinct from that of the usual boss-worker relation. FACTA will be invitede to participate in the next Congress of CTA and will bring with it the demands specific to self-managed workers. 


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