News of death threats against trade unions leaders in Argentina, amid widespread moves to limit unions by the Macri government.Roberto Baradel, General Secretary of Argentina's teachers union SUTEBA and his family received death threats last week for standing up against the crushing attacks on his members' real-terms wages and living standards under President Macri's government. At the same time, Macri issued a Decree that has abolished consultation over teachers' pay, a move that potentially violates the Constitution. Others like human rights campaigner Hernán Letcher were beaten up and threatened with death by a mob in his home in front of his young son. Intimidation is being used widely.
Bert Schouwenburg, International Officer of the British trade union GMB and ASC activist has written to the Argentinian Ambassador in London demanding an explanation of what happened to Baradel and to the brutal violence used by the state to crush the protests against the Pension reforms. This was copied to several other British MPs, government Ministers and trade union leaders. Thank you Bert Schouwenburg! We will keep you posted on the response. ... See MoreSee Less
Twelve years ago Evo Morales, a coca grower and indigenous Aymara, was inaugurated as President of Bolivia. As the country contemplates the prospect of more years under Morales' leadership, Linda Farthing offers her assessment of the achievements and shortcomings of his time in power. "Even as Bolivia loses ground in terms of its its formal democratic structures, long-excluded rural Indigenous sectors have gained greater participation and rights under Morales, particularly those who have remained loyal to the government. This makes the decision of who to support in the 2019 election particularly thorny for Bolivians who recognize the government’s accomplishments, but realize the price tag for its success includes widespread environmental destruction and the undermining of formal democracy." ... See MoreSee Less