Thoughts on Argentina's Conjunctures :: Recuperating Work, Recovering Life (2005-2007)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

More tribulations for the Hotel BAUEN workers

Today, December 15, the International Support Campaign for the Hotel Bauen Cooperative is flooding the inbox of the head of the Buenos Aires city government.

Please send the message below RIGHT NOW to this email address:

**Please include where you're from (maybe in the subject line) to show
the internationalism of the campaign.

**Please cc: , so we know how many emails we

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, ‘invents’ 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

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 businesspeople and support the 140 men and women who demonstrate every day how to create dignified work with such efficiency and solidarity.


Sign the petition in support of the Hotel Bauen workers!

The petition will be submitted as part of the campaign.


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