The following is an interview with Pocho, Union Trabajadores de la Tierra (utt) activist from the Argentinean province of Chubut. The interview highlights the struggle based process of growth of the organisation, the labour centred strategy that have characterised utt, but also how workers direct economic concerns were built into an economically alternative and ecologically sustainable project. The interview put in evidence the challenges and opportunities for a social movement that accepts to play on both the front of workers’ rights and demands and that of market competition.
An analysis of the current state and political horizons of working-class organisations in Argentina can be developed along two intersecting lines. In the first, we have trade unions representing workers in the formal sector, which accounts for about half of the country’s working population. In the second, we have social movements, based in both the urban and rural space, representing poor and informal workers. These two lines often run parallel to one another but also intersect and merge at different points following the cycles of capital accumulation and crisis typical of a peripheral country.