We are publishing here an appeal (first posted on www.marxist.com ) which we
have received from the workers at IMPA, an occupied factory in
Argentina, campaigning against their possible eviction. We ask all our readers to
circulate it widely and to make sure that resolutions are sent and
signed by as many trade unionists, workers and students as possible.
Monday August 10, the workers at IMPA (Industria Metalúrgica y Plástica
de Argentina), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, met in assembly and decided
to resist the eviction threat issued by judge Hector Vitale. The judge
alleges the inconstitutionality of law nº 2969/08 by the Buenos Aires
parliament which in January 2009 decreed the expropriation of this
metal industry which had been occupied by the workers since 1998 in
defence of their jobs and livelihoods.
The IMPA workers in their press release denounce the fact that judge
Hector Vitale has direct economic interests in the sale of the site
where the factory is located which would result from the eviction of
There are currently 63 workers at IMPA, 150 students attending Adult
Secondary Education lessons, a free health care clinic for the people
of the Almagro neighbourhood, as well as hundreds of youth
participating in a cultural centre based in the factory. IMPA is not
“just an occupied factory working under workers control, IMPA is a
space recovered by our people, IMPA for us is like our country” as the
has also become one of the symbols of the whole occupied factories
movement in Argentina, being part of the National Movement of Occupied
Factories (MNER) and having participated actively in the organisation
of both the 1st and 2nd Latin American Gatherings of Worker-Recovered Factories
in Venezuela. At a time when the economic crisis is reactivating the
factory occupation movement in Argentina and throughout Latin America,
it is clear that the ruling class wants to put an end to one of its
most outstanding representatives, so that it does not become an
inspiration and an example for other workers to follow.
We appeal to all trade union activists and left wing organisations
around the world to take up the defence of IMPA and to organise
solidarity actions (a model resolution can be found below).
As the workers of IMPA say in their press release: “While we
organise the resistance, we will continue doing what we know best, the
workers working, the teachers teaching, the students studying, the
doctors providing health care and the culture workers creating culture.
For our People and for our Country
Free or Dead, never Slaves!”
Los abajo firmantes rechazamos la decisión del Sr. Juez Héctor
Vitale de declarar la inconstitucionalidad de la Ley 2069/08 dictada
por la Legislatura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires a favor de los
trabajadores de la fábrica recuperada IMPA.
Esta ley habilitó la expropiación del inmueble donde está ubicada la
fábrica para garantizar la continuidad de las fuentes de trabajo de 70
familias; además del Bachillerato para Adultos gratuito con título
oficial, y un Centro de Salud gratuito para los vecinos del barrio, que
funcionan en las instalaciones de la fábrica IMPA.
La empresa IMPA fue recuperada por sus trabajadores en el año 1998 y
desde entonces a través de la lucha y el compromiso de los trabajadores
y otros actores sociales, continúa defendiendo el trabajo, la cultura,
la educación y la dignidad.
Con la decisión del Sr. Juez Héctor Vitale, queda libre el camino
para que la fábrica pueda ser desalojada violentamente por la policía
en cualquier momento y el inmueble pueda ser vendido para satisfacer
intereses económicos e inmobiliarios ajenos a los trabajadores de IMPA
y a los habitantes de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
Por eso, exigimos al Sr. Juez Héctor Vitale a que dé marcha atrás en
su decisión y nos solidarizamos con los trabajadores de IMPA y con
cuantas acciones y medidas decidan llevar a cabo sus trabajadores para
defender la fábrica y la continuidad de las fuentes de trabajo.
We reject the decision taken by Judge Hector Vitale to declare the
unconstitutionality of Law 2069/08 of the Buenos Aires Legislature in
favour of the workers at IMPA, the recovered factory.
That Law allow for the expropriation of the site where the factory
is located so that the source of income of 70 families would be
guaranteed, as well as the continuation of the Adult Secondary
Education course, and the free health care centre which operate within
the installations of the factory.
IMPA was recovered by its workers in 1998, and they have since then
through struggle defended jobs, culture, education and dignity,
together with other social actors.
The decision of judge Hector Vitale opens the door for the police to
violently evict the factory at any time, so that the site can be sold
off in order to satisfy economic interests alien to those of the IMPA
workers and those of the citizens of Buenos Aires.
We demand from Judge Hector Vitale the retraction of his decision
and we express our solidarity with the workers of IMPA in any actions
they decide to take in defence of the factory and the continuation of
Juzgado de 1ª Instancia en lo Comercial Nº4: Sr. Juez Héctor Vitale.
With copy to IMPA workers: