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BAUEN, day 91

In spite of being a bill that distanced itself from the self-management that characterized the recovery of the BAUEN from the beginning, the cooperative did not have many other choices and decided to accept the idea. It remained to be seen what would become of the role of the cooperative organization, which workers were not ready to abandon, even if the legal and ownership status changed, and they become State workers with stable jobs, a contract, and guaranteed salaries. Larroque’s bill also proposed, it should be highlighted, an issue worthy of being debated on the social role of a company in the hotel business, whether as a cooperative or state.

None the less, even though it looked like a sure thing, the expropriation and nationalization of the BAUEN did not happen. The bill did not move forward, but was postponed throughout the extremely agitated and convulsive year 2015. The death of district attorney Nisman marked the beginning of the year and had a serious impact on politics, which was about to enter into pre-election debates, and little by little, the country slid into a large-scale dispute between two national models. The neoliberal threat, represented by the Presidential candidacy of Macri, was growing and pushing aside topics that did not belong to what was seen as “big politics.” The elections were looming, and nationalization of the BAUEN was postponed, and finally forgotten. However, Larroque’s bill was not discarded, and some of its clauses were reused in the expropriation bill that finally made it to the floor to be voted in the last session of the year.


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