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Delegates to Report on Results of International Unionist Gathering

Encuentro de los trabajadores

By Liz Mestres

When distressed owners shut down their workplaces, what can workers do? One option for laid-off workforces is to form a cooperative, buy the enterprise, and restart it under workers’ control. This option was discussed last August at the 6th International Workers’ Economy Gathering in Buenos Aires, a historic meeting on which the 25-member Mexican delegation—including some of its leaders and two Sanmiguelenses—will report in El Sindicato, here in San Miguel de Allende on February 24.

Results of that historic meeting, as well as plans for a regional gathering to be held in Mexico City this fall, will be discussed.

The Workers’ Economy Gathering is a meeting that brings together recuperated and self-managed enterprises, cooperatives, and social and popular economic organizations as well as trade unions and academics committed to self-management practices and the project of a new workers’ economy.

Workers from more than 25 countries on five continents attended the meeting in August and shared their knowledge and reactions. Among topics discussed, said Mexico delegation leader and professor of sociology at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco Marco Gomez, were “challenges facing the struggle for an economy of workers in the current global situation, especially the role played by meetings of networks like the Workers’ Economy.”

 

Lecture

The Center for Global Justice and El Sindicato presents:

When Workers Take Control

With Olivia Canales, Marco Gomez, Lucero Jiménez, Yolanda Millán, and Celia Pacheco

Sat, Feb 24, 5:30pm

El Sindicato

Recreo 4

Bilingual with translation, reception to follow

 

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