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Announcement :: International
Today: Support Workers in Argentina!
by student labor action movement
15 Dec 2005
For any of you who went to see our "Fire the Boss" event last month, one of the workers who spoke is in danger of being forcibly evicted from her workplace. Show your solidarity!
Today (Thursday), we are asking that you email the message below to support the Bauen workers cooperative, one of the important workplaces
in the Recovered Companies movement in Argentina, to this address:
jtelerman (at) buenosaires.gov.ar
**Please include where you're from (maybe in the subject line) to show the internationalism of the campaign.
**Please cc: <apoyoalhotelbauen (at) yahoo.ca>, so we know how many emails we generated.
Señor Jorge Telerman:
Hoy el destino del Hotel Bauen, recuperado por sus trabajadores, está en sus manos. Miles de personas en el mundo lo están mirando. Vete la ley que consagra la impunidad de los empresarios inescrupulosos y apoye a los 140 hombres y mujeres que todos los días están demostrando cómo construir trabajo digno en ese espacio que es modelo de eficiencia y solidaridad.
And now for some background and translation of the message...
At 2 a.m. on Wednesday December 6, the Buenos Aires city Legislature passed a law that will in effect evict the workers' cooperative at the Hotel Bauen. This law, voted for by 29 legislators, invents¹ a boss for a workplace without bosses.
When the workers decided to occupy the hotel to demand their unpaid wages, the Hotel Bauen was bankrupt and the company had left behind millions of dollars in debt, including the purchase of the building at 360 Callao Avenue.
As the ownership of the building was in dispute (the person who had bought the building paid only 4 of the 12 million dollar price, and the person who sold it promised to return the 4 million and never came through) the hotel was legally without anyone to take care of it. So the workers decided to put it back into operation.
They started to work with nothing but the strength of their conviction. Now there are 140 men and women who work to keep the hotel running, 24 hours a day, also providing spaces for meetings, assemblies and social movement events entirely out of solidarity.
Ignoring all of their efforts, the Legislature decided to pass a law that flies in the face of justice and is aimed at destroying all of the work that the cooperative has put into the hotel. When the voting began and the workers protested, the legislators ordered their eviction. They threw them out with batons and tear gas.
Now, the workers demand that the mayor of Buenos Aires, Jorge Telerman, veto the law. The veto must take place within 15 days of when the law was passed.
If Mr. Telerman does not veto the law, the workers may be evicted.
For more background articles about the Bauen and other recovered companies, check out:
Today, December 15th at 2pm, the workers at the Hotel Bauen are marching to Jorge Telerman's office to demand that this law be annulled.
The email flood generated by this International Support Campaign is to show how many of us would be standing with the workers in person if we could.
TRANSLATION OF THE EMAIL:
Mister Jorge Telerman:
Today the future of the Hotel Bauen, recovered by its workers, is in your hands. Thousands of people all over the world are watching. VETO the law that grants impunity to the unscrupulous impresarios and support the 140 men and women who demonstrate every day how to create dignified work with such efficiency and solidarity.
IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY....
Sign the petition in support of the Hotel Bauen workers!
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