Argentina. RR Donnelley: demonstration and road-block against the illegal closure of the multinational company’s factory in Buenos Aires Province

August 12, 2014

RR Donnelley: demonstration and road-block against the illegal closure of the multinational company’s factory in Buenos Aires Province

The shop stewards’ committee and workers at R.R. Donnelley have denounced the American multinational printing company – a leading player in the sector with printing operations in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Canada – for closing its plant in the Garín district of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, in a totally illegal fashion, leaving more than 400 families on the street. We demand the immediate re-opening of the plant.
Trade union delegate Jorge Medina said : “The workers at Donnelley are calling for a general assembly at 7.30am at the gates of the factory, on the Pan-American Highway, Km 36.7. We have just learnt that the company has been closed down, and in a totally illegal manner because the bankruptcy petition it submitted has not been accepted by the courts. We will assess what measures to take in order to denounce this abuse of the workers. If necessary, we will blockade the Pan-American Highway. We will also take steps to protect the factory and its assets, to prevent the illegal disposal of its stock and machinery, and to defend the 400 jobs.â€
Another trade union delegate, René Córdoba, explained: “After making $218 million in 2013 at a world level, the company presented a financial insolvency application in order to sack the entire workforce. This application was rejected by the shop stewards’ committee, the trade union and the Ministry of Labour. The workers not only demonstrated that this company is not in crisis, but that it has also been carrying out shameless manoeuvres in order to empty the factory and divert production to other printing companies. Now it is engaging in a new manoeuvre by filing for a fraudulent bankruptcy in order to intimidate and threaten the workforce, with the aim of implementing its plan for mass lay-offs.â€
A third trade union delegate, Martin Killing, added: “The workers denounce this closure as illegal and we are not going to allow it. We demand the immediate re-opening of the factory and make a call to other workers, social organisations and the local community to support our struggle for the defence of our jobs.â€

Shop Stewards’ Committee and Workers at R.R. Donnelley, Garín, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

Contact:

Jorge Medina: +54 9 11 15 6799 1276
Martin Killing: +54 9 11 15 6612 6255
René Córdoba: +54 (348) 454 07444