The Zanon Struggle
Zanon ceramics factory, one of the most prominent of the recuperated, worker-run factories in Argentina, was taken over by workers in 2001 and since then has been economically successful as a cooperative. However, as a major symbol of Argentina's recuperated factory movement, (over 200 such cooperatives exist in the country), it has been a target for right-wing hostility. Workers at the factory have received death threats and have been violently oppressed during protests.
Although the coordinated fax and telephone campaign was for a three hour window Monday the 21st, people are still encouraged to send expressions of support for the Zanon workers to the politicians who have the power to cease the repression and intimidation, and let the workers work in peace. See the letter and contact relevant contact info below. And a great way to keep up on the situation is to join the Zanon alert email list. To sign up send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Below is a sample letter addressed to President Kirchner, Governor Sobisch of the province of Neuquén and Judge Barreiro. If you can, take a few minutes to read and personalize it, always maintaining a respectful tone. Respectfully let them know that you support the cause of the Zanon workers, insisting that they guarantee the human rights of the workers and return their factory to them. This is the responsibility of President Kirchner, through the Secretary of Human Rights, of Governor Sobisch, and the Judge Barreiro.
October 20, 2005 - Judge Barreiro has granted FaSinPat control over the factory for a period of one year (English | Español)
October 2, 2005 - Se cumplen 4 años de la ocupación y puesta en producción de Cerámica Zanon bajo control obrero. Zanon Workers's Fourth Anniversary (Español | English)
August 12, 2005 - Judge Declared Bankruptcy - (Español | English)
July 7, 2005 - The Court declared the cram-down illegal and ordered Zanon be declared bankrupt (Español | English)
May 9, 2005 - Statement From Mariano Pedrero Lawyer For The Zanon Workers (Español | English)
April 28, 2005 - Zanon workers press release: "Cram-down over!" (Español | English)
April 20, 2005 - Zanon workers under attack
April 19, 2005 - Zanon Workers In State Of Alert. Judge Opens Way For Vulture Funds To Take Over The Factory
April 14, 2005 - Workers' control of FaSinPat continues despite attacks (Español | English)
March 9, 2005 - Zanon Factory Worker Kidnapped, Tortured
March 9, 2005 - Member of Worker-Run Factory in Argentina Was Kidnapped, Tortured
March 3, 2005 - Occupy, Resist, Produce: Worker Cooperatives in Buenos Aires
February 26, 2005 - Death threats against occupying workers in Argentina
December 4, 2004 - Zanon
September 17, 2004 - March in Defense of Zanon
March 18, 2004 - Zanon, Argentina
December 17, 2003 - The work of changing minds: Recovered factories in Argentina
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