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

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

La Economía de los Trabajadores: Autogestión y Distribución de la Riqueza | The Workers' Economy: Self-Management and the Distribution of Wealth




(Más fotos del Encuentro | More photos of Encuentro)

(See below for version in English)

19-21 de julio, 2007 | Universidad de Buenos Aires

Trabajadores autogestionados y asalariados, militantes sociales y sindicales, dirigentes políticos e investigadores se reunieron durante tres días en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Fue en el marco del primer encuentro internacional “La economía de los trabajadores: autogestión y distribución de la riqueza” que terminó el sábado con un plenario de debate y conclusiones. Las actividades comenzaron el jueves con el objetivo de “poner en debate la superación de las experiencias particulares de autogestión y las discusiones que los trabajadores tienen alrededor de sus luchas políticas y gremiales por la distribución de la riqueza”.

Durante las tres jornadas se discutió, entre otros temas, en torno a las formas de trabajo no asalariadas e informales, a la situación y proyecciones de las experiencias autogestivas del trabajo tanto nacionales como internacionales - de las que hubo representantes de Sudáfrica, Canadá, EEUU, Croacia, Brasil, México, Chile y Cuba -, la relación con el movimiento cooperativo y los nuevos desafíos del movimiento obrero.
(Cortesía de ACTA)

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July 19-21, 2007 | University of Buenos Aires

Self-managed and salaried workers, social and union activists, political leaders, and researchers recently met over three days at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Buenos Aires. The conference was conceptually framed within the themes of the "workers' economy," "self-management," and the "redistribution of social wealth" and ended this past Saturday with a plenary that debated the new challenges faced by workers' struggles around the world today. The conference began last Thursday with the objective of "debating how particular experiences of self-management and the discussions that workers are engaging in concerning their political and labour struggles can be extended to include the (re)distribution of the wealth" workers themeselves create.

During the three days, the debates pivoted around, amongst other related themes, informal and non-salaried work, the outlook for contemporary labour struggles, the similarities and differences between work and labour struggles in the North and South, and the situation and prospects for the experiences of self-management both in Argentina and around the world.

It was felt by the vast majority of participants that the conference proved to be an extremely fruitful space where unionized and self-managed workers, cooperativists, political activists, and researchers were able to share experiences and debate and discuss the past, present, and future of work, more egalitarian and democratic forms of reconstituting working life, and actual workable alternatives to the contemporary hegemonic neoliberalist model. The conference saw the participation of individuals and organizations from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, the United States, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, Croatia, and Germany.

Some of the papers delivered can be accessed at http://www.recuperadasdoc.com.ar/encuentro/index.htm . The team from the Open Faculty Program, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at the UBA will be making the conference proceedings and recordings of some of the debates available to the public in the coming months (I will be providing ahttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif link to this archive, so check this blog in the next few months).

(Ver acá, también | Go here, as well)

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