[R-P] Toma de fábrica en Ucrania
mariadelsola en gmail.com
Mar Feb 17 05:46:42 MST 2009
......¿ usted me está hablando de conciencia histórica de los
trabajadores que implica no sólo cuanto me van a pagar sino también
si lo que hago sirve a la comunidad?
Que anticuado es usted Mr Gor..Eso no es cool....jajaja
Lo de la producción de máquinas socialmente útiles recuerda a los
trabajadores de la fábrica de aviones de Córdoba, que cuando les
mandaban los gobiernos militares o radichetas un interventor para
cerrar la fábrica.. lo convencían de que si los dejaban podían
2009/2/16 Nestor Gorojovsky <nmgoro en gmail.com>:
> CITANDO LA FUENTE,EL MATERIAL DE ESTA LISTA ES DE LIBRE REPRODUCCIÓN
> [Una golondrina ni por casualidad hace el verano. Pero lo que es seguro
> es que las golondrinas no vienen con el invierno.]
> -------- Mensaje original --------
> Fecha: domingo, 15 Feb 2009 20:28:24 -0500
> Fuente: http://red-news.livejournal.com/1462.html
> Trabajadores ucranianos ocupan fábrica de maquinaria agrícola
> - Feb. 8th, 2009 at 11:23 AM
> Fuente original: The commune
> Los trabajadores de una fábrica de ingeniería ucraniana la han ocupado
> exigiendo el pago de sueldos caídos, la nacionalización de la fábrica, y
> la producción de maquinaria socialmente útil.
> Durante uno de los encuentros previos, la directora suplente, Sra.
> Pugacheva, informó a los trabajadores que los dueños no pensaban salvar
> la fábrica. "¿Porqué se aferran tanto a esta fábrica?", preguntó.
> El presidente del concejo de trabajadores ha emitido un llamado por
> diseminar la lucha, y para que los trabajadores de otras plantas, en
> toda Ucrania, se brinden mutua solidaridad y apoyo. Según los
> trabajadores, se propone emitir llamamientos similares a los
> trabajadores de la Fábrica de Autobuses de Lviv y de otras fábricas.
> Original en inglés:
> Ukrainian workers occupy a farming machinery
> - Feb. 8th, 2009 at 11:23 AM
> Republished from: The
> Workers have occupied an engineering plant in Ukraine demanding payment of
> owed wages, nationalisation of the plant, and production of socially useful
> machinery. Today at 9.30am more than 300 workers occupied the
> administrative building of Kherson Engineering Plant. The workers are
> demanding payment of wages, nationalization of the plant without
> compensation to its owner and have declared their intention to occupy the
> building until their demands are fulfilled in full.
> Factory security did not offer much resistance, and no workers were hurt. A
> council of workers elected the previous day is in charge of the building.
> On 2 February, the 300 workers at the plant started protest action against
> non-payment of wages since September 2008 and actual destruction of the
> plant by its owners. During one of the previous meetings with the workers
> Ms. Pugacheva, the alternate director, said that the owners were not going
> to save the plant. "Why do you stick to this plant so much?", she asked.
> The workers held a meeting near the entrance and elected 5 representatives,
> including a chair, Aleksey Nimchinov.
> [image: ukraine-occupation]
> Reports are that the council is meeting in the former office of a technical
> director. The chair of the workers council, has called for the struggle to
> spread and for workers from other plants throughout Ukraine to display
> solidarity and support each other. In the near future, workers have said, he
> plans to address this call to workers of the Lviv Bus Plant and other
> The main demands of protesting workers are:
> - payment of wage arrears (near 4.5 million Ukrainian hryvnias);
> - nationalization of the plant without compensation to its owner;
> - the state-secured plant's production distribution – high-quality farm
> FAQ <http://red-news.livejournal.com/2080.html>
> - Feb. 9th, 2009 at 9:21 PM
> *What is the Kherson Petrovsky plant?*
> The Kherson Farm Machinery Plant was founded more than 120 years ago. It is
> Ukraine's largest factory producing farm machinery and the only one
> producing combine harvesters which are sold in Ukraine and Russia. During
> the 1990s it went through difficult times as it changed hands frequently
> after the privatization, there were no investments into the modernization of
> the equipment, workers' salaries were often held up for months.
> *What happenned before the factory occupation?*
> In *2006*, a man hanged himself at this plant in protest against withheld
> wage. Only then were the back wages paid.
> In the last months of *2007*, the plant got a new owner who was already
> running a farm machinery plant (producing disk tillers) in Belaya Tserkov
> (near Kyiv). The two plants were formally united, which allowed the owner to
> start dismantling the plant. At this point, the workers were already owed
> back wages by the previous owners. The previous owners didn't just leave
> debt though: the plant had 70 combine harvesters that were 90% ready when
> the new owner took over.
> Already since *March 2008*, wages were being paid irregularly. Then,
> since *September
> 2008*, salaries weren't paid at all. What was once a big plant, the backbone
> of Ukrainian agriculture, was now dying. In *October*, three-day week was
> introduced. In *November*, many younger people were cajoled into signing a
> voluntary leave, which doesn't entitle them to severance pay or even back
> wages owed by the company. This is why many of the remaining workers are
> older people who have spent most of their life at the plant.
> On *January 20*, the workers didn't find the plant's sign at the factory
> gate, and found out that the financial department has been moved out of the
> city. The crowd of workers rushed directly to the local government building.
> This was the beginning of the protest at the Kherson plant.
> On *February 2*, the workers spontaneously organized (the existing union had
> not been able to defend the workers' rights in the previous conflicts),
> elected a Workers' Council which published its demands to the owner and the
> government: payment of back wages, seizure of the owner's accounts,
> nationalization of the plant under worker control, and government-guaranteed
> orders of the factory's products.
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> Feb. 9th, 2009 <http://red-news.livejournal.com/1722.html>
> - 11:24 AM
> [image: [info]]
> reports <http://shapinbaum.livejournal.com/93209.html> that an
> union has been created at the Petrovsky plant in Kherson. There was
> previously a union at the plant, but it hasn't taken any actions to protect
> the workers in the last half-year when salaries weren't paid, and did not
> participate in the factory takeover. 250 workers participated in the meeting
> where the creation of the union was decided. Leonid Nemchonok has been
> elected the head of the union committee.
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> Factory Occupation in
> - Feb. 8th, 2009 at 11:21 PM
> In the years of the boom, Ukraine hasn't seen the development of a "new"
> union movement (opposed to the "old" passive unions) similar to that in
> Russia (where it has been spurred by creation of assembly plants by foreign
> auto makers). Now, Ukraine has been hit hard by the economic crisis, whereas
> the government is not trying to protect the unemployed and those losing
> jobs, but is increasing fees for everything from utilities to public transit
> even trying to introduce fees for visiting the cemetery (in Kyiv). For many
> years, even during the boom, factory owners would hold back wages for
> months, so they can invest it and earn that extra interest (a practice also
> common in post-Soviet Russia). In 2006, at a farm machinery plant in Kherson
> (a city of 300 thousand people and a birthplace of Trotsky:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kherson), a man hanged himself in protest
> against withheld wage. The back wages were paid then. Now, the owner owes
> half a year of wages to workers at that plant. Meanwhile, the owner is
> planning to close down the plant and sell everything including machinery.
> The harvester combines, the main products of the plant have already been
> removed by the owners. The management was trying to force the workers to
> quit the job themselves, renouncing not only severance pay, but also the
> back wages (more than US$ 0.5 million ). Having been lied to and neglected
> for years, the workers decided to act. First, on February 2, there was a
> protest in front of seat of regional government. Then, a Workers' Council
> was elected which decided to occupy the plant on the next day. This was done
> peacefully and soon the building was controlled by the 300 workers who share
> duty protecting the building.
> The workers are demanding back wages to be paid, the owners to be
> prosecuted, the plant to be nationalized under worker control, and the sales
> secured by the government. The harvesters are in demand in both Russia and
> Ukraine, but in the times of economic crisis it is logical that these
> workers are looking to government for help. The national government is not
> reacting to the events in any way. Local government has made proposals to
> the workers, including partial payback of the back wages from the regional
> budget and a suggestion to seek jobs at the shipbuilding plant. These are
> buyout tactics. The government completely ignored the workers' needs for
> many years, lied to them on many occasions, and there is no reason to trust
> it this time. The workers are going to stand the ground this time.
> They need your support. They are calling for pickets at the Ukrainian
> embassies and consulates.
> Solidarity letters can be addressed to:
> Workers of the Kherson Plant
> solydarity.ksmz en gmail.com
> Initiative Group for the Creation of a Ukrainian Coordination Committee of
> Workers in Struggle
> rabochiy_komitet en googlegroups.com
> Protest letters to the local government: vd-komp en oda.kherson.ua Boris
> Silenkov (head of regional government)
> the owner of the plant: alex en bcmaz.com.ua Alexander Oleynyk
> the managing director: boss en bcmaz.com.ua Igor Bazhenov
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> A report from the Kherson plant occupied by the
> - Feb. 8th, 2009 at 11:06 PM
> Article by Andrei Manchuk [image:
> *kermanich* <http://kermanich.livejournal.com/>)
> Translation [image: [info]] <http://red-news.livejournal.com/profile>*
> red_news* <http://red-news.livejournal.com/> with help from [image:
> *sabotabby* <http://sabotabby.livejournal.com/>.
> Originally published on February 5 at http://www.rabkor.ru/ (a
> Russian-language leftist e-zine)
> and at http://marx.org.ua/ (Ukrainian and Russian-language site of the
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