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Hundreds of Argentina Walmart Employees Went on Strike in Solidarity With US Co-Workers


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JL
- 615 days ago - thenation.com
About 1,000 Walmart workers in Argentina staged brief strikes last Friday, a union official told The Nation this week.



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JL A. (275)
Monday December 24, 2012, 2:06 pm
Hundreds of Argentina Walmart Employees Went on Strike in Solidarity With US Co-Workers
Josh Eidelson on December 21, 2012 - 6:26 PM ET

About 1,000 Walmart workers in Argentina staged brief strikes last Friday, a union official told The Nation this week.

Rubén Cortina, the president of the Americas division of the global union federation UNI, said workers struck in close to ten regions of Argentina, and “almost half of the stores had some type of strike during the day.” He said those strikes generally lasted between one and three hours, as workers walked off the job to hold demonstrations inside or outside their store during part of their scheduled shift, then returned to work.

Cortina said that it appears that “about 3,000 workers” in Argentina participated in some form of action as part of UNI’s December 14 Global Day of Action to support organizing efforts by the OUR Walmart campaign in the United States (that campaign is the topic of my feature in this week’ issue of The Nation). The day included actions in ten countries, but Argentina is the only one where organizers are reporting that workers went on strike.

“Our main goal,” said Cortina, “is to try to call attention to the company, that they should sit down and negotiate with unions in the United States.” Cortina said that many customers who saw the workers demonstrating showed “solidarity attitudes, singing with us, and making signals with our hands.” “The exercise of the right to strike,” he added, “is a very common thing here…. it’s not something strange for us.”

Walmart did not respond to a Thursday request for comment.

Last week’s Day of Action was followed by protests this week greeting a ship that activists said was unloading Walmart goods from Bangladesh, first on Tuesday at the Port of Newark, and then yesterday at the Port of Charleston, where union members refused for an hour to unload the cargo.

“When Walmart first came” to Argentina, said Cortina, “they were terrible.” Early on, he said, “workers burned tires and broke windows.” To win union recognition, Cortina said, “We had to fight tough in every place and try to convince [Walmart] that they had to talk to us, and they had to adjust their way of doing things.” To this day, he added, “they are not the same as the other retailers. They are tougher and that makes us deal with them sometimes tougher.”

But Cortina expressed confidence that, with international pressure, Walmart would eventually change its labor relations in the United States. “At the end of the day,” he said, “the world is going to advance on organizing workers. We are going to advance on organizing workers.”
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 2:10 am
more power to them
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 6:56 am
You cannot currently send a star to Rose because you have done so within the last week.
 

(8)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 2:26 pm
Shame the US staff didn't strike too. Walmart is a well known low-wage payer.
 

Natalie V. (27)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 3:23 pm
noted
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 4:33 pm
Argentina's was in response and support of the US action Greg.
 

(8)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 5:02 pm
Oooops thanks JL.A. I'll go read the story now...(And I cant stand people who comment before reading the story :)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 5:22 pm
About time!
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 5:35 pm
Not a problem Greg--after all it IS Christmas...
You cannot currently send a star to Ana because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kathleen B. (37)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 6:56 pm
The American strikers are surely happy with their international support of other working class heroes.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 7:18 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kate because you have done so within the last week.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 8:13 pm
Well bless their hearts too bad we couldn't get even more American workers to start standing up to the beast in the numbers that should be doing so.
 

Roger M. (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:56 am
Good for them. Respect.
 

alicia m. (100)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 2:49 am
noted, signed, shared, gracias... my husband and his colleagues are today on a 24hour strike, so I understand so much!!!!!!! please if you can sign to support them, thank you (translation can be read at latest reason to sign)
 

alicia m. (100)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 2:51 am
http://www.change.org/es/peticiones/a-la-conseller%C3%ADa-de-transportes-de-la-generalitat-valenciana-no-al-ere-en-fgv-no-al-recorte-de-servicio-en-fgv
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 3:06 am
Kudos to them

will sign Alicia
 

Patricia H. (468)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:53 am
noted
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 5:46 am
PETITION Alicia Left Please Sign and Stand in Solidarity
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:54 am
You cannot currently send a star to Roger because you have done so within the last week.
Thanks for posting the petition Alicia! Will go sign. Thanks for posting the active petition link to make it easier for people to sign Dandelion!
 

(8)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 8:17 am
Thanks JL.A and Alicia - Both signed.
 

alicia m. (100)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 8:48 am
thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 9:56 am
You are welcome Alicia. Should you be aware of other petitions of relevance, please consider posting them as a news article to get as many signers as possible.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 10:15 am
Noted & posted.
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:25 am
Thanks for spreading the word Michael. You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
 

alicia m. (100)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:39 am
dear JLA, I have done please visit

http://www.care2.com/news/member/758176533/3502307

thank you so much again!
 

Elaine B. (24)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:12 pm
I commend them, two countries miles apart, working for the same organization,
 

LMj Sunshine (124)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 2:12 pm
Awesome info, thank you.
 

Billie C. (2)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 10:27 pm
they must have been the only ones picketing walmart. there wasn't a single picketer near any walmarts here.
guess only in big union states do unions picket in places that aren't union.
 

Yvonne F. (170)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 5:32 am
Kudos to them!!! Petition signed!!! Thanks J.L for posting and Alicia for forwarding in the "Slavery Today" group!
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:40 pm
Billie, Black Friday was the biggest strike ever-- by WALMART workers (you called them union workers in error--I guess you haven't been reading any of the stories going back to Thanksgiving--should be easy to find in a search if you want to read and then comment based on facts rather than personal guesses).
 

alicia m. (100)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 2:02 am
congratulations on the front page JL!
 
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