CASC/ANSER Interdisciplinary Open Event
Chair: Marcelo Vieta, University of Toronto
Workers Taking Over Companies and Converting them to Cooperatives in Argentina: Lessons for Economic Justice and the Social and Solidarity Economy
This session takes an in-depth look at the emergence of Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises, a workers’ occupy and self-management movement that surged at the turn of the millennium in the thick of the country’s neo-liberal crisis. To date, over 16,000 workers in Argentina have converted over 400 firms across its urban economy to worker cooperatives. Engaging in a collective transnational dialogue, the presenters consider the lessons of the Argentine case for the struggle for economic justice in Black and marginalized communities, for saving and re-inventing jobs in light of the cyclical crises of neo-liberal capitalism, and for expanding the social and solidarity economy via conversions of workplaces and other community spaces to cooperatives in the global North.The session is inspired by the recent publication of Marcelo Vieta’s book, Workers’ Self-Management in Argentina: Contesting Neo-liberalism by Occupying Companies, Creating Cooperatives, and Recuperating Autogestión (Brill, 2020, https://www.vieta.ca/newbook).