Curtume CBR expropriated by Argentinian authorities after 18 months of shutdown. La Roja’s authorities (local) approved the decision of making the production site one of “public interest” on September 30th, which means that the government will support the re-opening. Good news for the workers, protesting the shutdown for over a year. Additionally, the same employees obtained social security funds to support their income, given the difficulties of the company. The expropriation took place after a meeting conducted 2 days before by the local government’s representatives and the unions of Nonogasta.
La Roja’s local government approved the law to declare the production site, of Curtume CBR, of “public interest” on September 30th. This puts an end to the shutdown that has lasted for the last 18 months by expropriating all assets. The goal is to reopening production lines as soon as possible. As reported by nuevarioja.com.ar, Ricardo Herrera (vice-governor), believes that the expropriation (not voted by the opposition), has a “double meaning: that of maintaining public utility and cretin social justice for workers and their families”.
Union representatives met the government’s representatives on September 28th to discuss the future of the tannery. A meeting that followed the official presentation of the lawsuit filed against the company’s owners. “The workers have asked the State to adopt all possible measures to ensure that production won’t shutdown for good, but rather continue to be a source of employment – declared the head of state, Juan Luna -. The decision to expropriate was done to ensure that responsible entrepreneurs will manage the company”.