The following article was published in the Socialist Voice. No 36 (September/October).
The Argentinian Left and Workers Front – FIT – is a coalition of Partido Obrero (PO – Workers Party), Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas (Party of Socialist Workers) and Izquierda Socialista (Socialist Left) and they invited the PSTU (the party of our International in Argentina) and others to join their election campaign.
For the elections the FIT became FIT-Unity and have PSTU members on their election slate.
During the presentation of FIT-Unity candidates at a press conference, comrade Daniel Ruiz, who is a political prisoner, was nominated as a Federal Deputy candidate in Chubut Province, Patagonia, in southern Argentina. Chanting began “Freedom, freedom for the imprisoned for fighting”, it was the meeting’s most enthusiastic moment.
Daniel Ruiz, oil worker fighter, a socialist and revolutionary leader, has been imprisoned for nine months in a prison cell as if he were a criminal.
Another comrade, Sebastian Romero, the “man of the mortar”, had to flee to avoid falling into the claws of the employer’s court after the massive protests on 18 December 2017. Such is Argentine democracy today.
The PSTU agrees with central points of the FIT-Unity’s electoral programme.
But the PSTU also have differences with the programme. They are not hidden. That’s why the PSTU will campaign with their programme and always call for unity on the streets against Macri’s plans.
While IMF tightens its grip, Macri obeys their dictates and makes cuts. The next government, who ever it is, will do the same if it does not break with the IMF nor stops paying the debt.
Most of the working class will vote for the F-F formula[i]. In the first place, because they want to defeat Macri in the next presidential election. Secondly, because they expect to keep or recover their jobs and wages, or to defend their achievements.
We respect their opinion, but we do not share it. The F-F candidates have already said they will honour IMF the agreements and say nothing of nationalising service companies or expropriating companies that shut down. Nor have they committed to the demand for abortion and other women’s rights. On the contrary, they want to keep everything as it is. That is, their program is to manage the crisis, not to change things deeply.
We propose to workers, women and young people a workers’ and socialist way out, national sovereignty and defence of democratic rights.
The PSTU warns workers to be prepared for the feeling of disappointment that will surely be felt by millions who will vote for Cristina Kirchner and Alberto Fern·ndez.
A militant, working-class and socialist campaign
The PSTU proposes a completely different campaign to that of the FIT leadership. The socialist program must be linked to a constant explanation of how to achieve this program.
We must say clearly that elections are not the way to get rid of the exploitation and humiliation we endure and that we must defeat this rotten form of politics that they call “democracy”.
We say this can only be achieved by struggling for a revolution to defeat capitalism and impose a workers’ government based on rank and file direct democracy.
[i] F-F formula: an electoral alliance of Argentina in the next election between Alberto Fern·ndez, ex-Kirchner’s Chief of Staff, and Cristina Fern·ndez Kirchner, ex-president, linked to the Partido Justicialista.