Preface by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis
This is the inside story of Argentina’s remarkable movement to create factories
run democratically by workers themselves.
In 2001, the economy of Argentina collapsed. Unemployment reached a
quarter of the workforce. Out of these terrible conditions was born a new
movement of workers who decided to take matters into their own hands.
They took over control of their workplaces, restarted production, and
democratically decided how they would organize their work. “Occupy,
resist, produce” became the watchwords of this vibrant movement.
Sin Patrón tells the story of Argentina’s occupied and recovered workplaces.
Or rather, it lets the workers themselves tell their stories. Appearing for the
first time in English, this book explores ten case studies of recovered companies,
featuring interviews with movement leaders that provide a history
from the shopfloor—history that is still being made today.
“Almost entirely under the media radar, workers in Argentina have been
responding to rampant unemployment and capital flight by taking over
traditional businesses that have gone bankrupt and are reopening them
under democratic worker management. It’s an old idea reclaimed and
retrofitted for a brutal new time. The principles are so simple, so elementally
fair, that they seem more self-evident than radical when articulated
by one of the workers in this book: ‘We formed the cooperative with the
criteria of equal wages and making basic decisions by assembly—and,
above all, the ability to recall our elected leaders.’”
—From the foreword by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis
LAVACA is an Argentine editorial and activist collective.
NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist and author of No Logo.
AVI LEWIS is an author and filmmaker. Together, Klein and Lewis
produced the film The Take, which chronicles the stories of the workers in
Argentina’s reclaimed factories.