On the 24th September the city of Buenos Aires woke up full of workers of the CTA Autónoma and other social organizations who shouted on more time to the government that the hungry is a crime and that economic adjustment must be stopped. Our main claim is for work, production and sovereignty. After 3 hours of provocations and tension, the repressive forces that were blocking the access from the Province to the city opened the way to the columns of workers that cross the bridges to arrive at 9 de Julio Avenue where and join the act.
The decision of the Security Ministry, Patricia Bullrich, to block the advance of demonstrators was revoked by the pressure of a multitude that impose their will to express their repudiation to the hunger policies. Previously, the absurd and excessive repression militarizes both circulation ways in one of the main bridge to access the city. Despite the provocations, the gases, the arms exhibitions, shields and sticks and the threat of “proceed to evacuation”, the workers converged to the meeting point with many popular organisations, and proceeded organized and peacefully.
Once in Buenos Aires, thousands and thousands of people placed around the scenario. During the act, CTA leaders reaffirmed that the struggle against this economic model imposed by the national government against population interests is the only way to win. And that public health, education, justice and decent work are the main principles we must defend in this context. It’s not just about resist, it’s about to beat this government that is sacking the country and condemning 15 millions of people to the exclusion, said Pili, from the Front of Organizations in Struggle.
Leaders of the unions part from CTA and in the struggle against massive dismissals and cut of budget as the Rio Santiago Shipyard in La Plata or the National Institute of Industrial Technology in Buenos Aires, between many others, took the microphone to express their voice.
In the closing of the act, the General Secretary of CTA, Ricardo Peidro expressed that “here and now we are launching the beginning of this 36 hours strike and the same is along and across the whole country with comrades that are at the front of all the conflicts to revert this situation and beat this policies. In this moment, Macri is in EEUU to receive instructions of the IMF and putting our country to their knees in front of the transnational corporations and the financial greed. Meanwhile, our people is who suffers this policies. In addition, Peidro remembered that this strike is not an isolated action, because “we are following a long time plan of struggle and resistance against the 2019 national budget that will be discussed in the Congress during October and that certainly will mean more hunger for our people. That’s why we will be keep on fighting and building resistance against this government for a better future for us and our children”.
On 25th September, the CTA Autónoma held a press conference in the national headquarters announcing plan of action for October
From October 1 to 5 the CTA Autónoma will be holding a camp in front of the National Congress during the discussion of the Annual budget for 2019, asking for a popular budget
During the press conference realized yesterday morning in the CTA-A headquarters (Perón 3866), the leaderships of the Central evaluated the strike of 36 hours as a strong message of the citizens against the policies of hunger and economic adjustment of the national government and call the people to participate of the camp that will take place from 1th till 5th October in front of the national congress to reject the budget based on an economic adjustment dictated by IMF and propose a budget according the people needs.
The general secretary of the CTA Autonoma, Ricardo Peidro, congratulate the massive presence and participation in the national strike and mobilizations during the 24 and 25th September and set out the continuity of the struggle plan “against a government that is confirming the agreement with the IMF that will mean more hunger and better living and work conditions for our people”
Hugo Godoy, General Secretary of ATE and Deputy General Secretary of the CTA-A added that “the strike of 24th and 25th had been a complete demonstration of what Argentina is, a land of resistance. The President of the Nation met with the IMF saying that everything is alright while millions of workers in all the country, workers of pymes (little and medium companies), little farmers, workers of the popular economy say stop to this economic adjustment model. Evidently there are two Argentines and there are two development models: one is the one proposed by the government, financial speculation, and economic recession and loses of sovereignty with the subordination to the IMF and by the other side, people who fight by work, production and sovereignty. These had been the slogans with the CTA-A called to this strike of 36 hours”.
Godoy also alluded the unity showed in this fight: “We did this strike with a lot of brother organizations. At the same time there are actions in all the national territory because our struggle plan is not only against Macri and the IMF, we also have our own proposals and agenda for sustainable and real development for the country. With the same organizations we will do next week camp in front of the Nation Congress from October 1 to 5 and we will say no to the agreement of the IMF and the budget for the next year. The systematic lies of the government are expressed again in the budget and our people don’t want to be ruled by the IMF. We are going to discuss the public and private workers our agenda for health, education, women rights and for the childhood that are who most suffer these hunger policies.
The Deputy Secretary of the CTA-A and of CONADUH (university teachers union), Claudia Baigorria, expressed that “the discomfort of all the social sectors can be seen in streets every day. This is not just an attention call for Macri to change the direction but also for the governors and the legislators of the provinces to don’t vote the budget of adjustment and hunger”.
Silvia León, Gender Secretary of the CTA-A call to the September 28 mobilization in the international day for the legal, secure and free abortion: “We will stay in the streets together with the National Campaign, from the Congress to Plaza de Mayo to ask for the stop of deaths of women caused for clandestine abortion. We will talk in the camp of how the adjustment budget affects the health of the women. We will demand the budget to avoid the gender violence and the femicides and on 2nd October we will be in the Congress denouncing the job insecurity and supporting alternative projects with the women organizations as a whole. Also we will expose what G20 and IMF policies mean to our country”.
Han was imprisoned at the end of 2015 after a court in Seoul condemned him to a five years jail for organizing and being part of the massive protest of the November 14
The former president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Union (KCTU), who was unfairly imprisoned for defending the labor rights against the corporate greed in his country, will be this Saturday 12 August 2018 in the headquarters of the CTA-Autónoma in gratitude to the solidarity actions develop by the CTA along with SIGTUR network and unions from all around the globe for his freedom.
Han Sang-gyun was imprissioned for two years, five months of a five years sentence. “The fight for Han is an example of workers of all the world who fight against the big transnational corporate greed”, affirmed Fito Aguirre, Secretary of International Relations of CTA.
Han Sang-gyun was sentenced to an imprisonment of five years falsely accused of “leading a violent protest” of 130.000 persons against the corrupt government of Park Geun-hye in November 2015. That struggle of the KCTU -with which the CTA-Autónomoa is part of the Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR)- stimulated series of big protest know as the “candle vigil”, which gathered millions of people.
The 5 year sentence was for organizing and being part of the massive protest in Seoul calling for an end to precarized work and respect of the right to organize, strike, collective bargaining and fair salaries.
130.000 people were repressed by the police with tear gases and water cannons, which the tribunal considered as legal actions. The sentence of Han was the most hard since 1987 against a trade union leader.
Since the creation of the KCTU in the decade of 90’s, Han and other members of the organization suffered harassment and criminalization because of their fight for better working conditions and working rights. During the 2015 were initiated lawsuits against 585 leaders of this central. “That attack to the human and labor rights is the response of the globalized capitalism -allied with the governments in charge- against who confront face to face the big transnational corporations, which search to increase their profits at the expense of the decent life of the workers, passing over the state sovereignty and the international right standards”, denounced Fito Aguirre.
The secretary of International Relationships remember that “the CTA-Autonomous take the decision of mobilize many times as necessary until get the freedom of Han. Since the beginning of 2016 and until June of the present year we mobilized repeatedly to the South Korea Embassy in Argentina, we sent letters to the president Moon and we held meetings with the consular authorities to take the request for the immediate liberation of Han, as well as the request of stop the social protest criminalization and persecution”.
The CTA leader celebrated that “the leader of the KCTU visits our CTA-Autónoma in thanks to the successfully campaign for his liberation which is part of the international principles of our central which round about three pillars: international supports to the Palestine cause; denounce of the economic block against Venezuela; and the freedom of Han Sang-gyun, Lee and of all the brothers and sisters of the KCTU”.
“The international solidarity has played a central role to confront the globalized capital”, finish Aguirre.