[Marxism] Russian (and Soviet) govm't defraud(ed) Argentinean workers

Nestor Gorojovsky nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar
Sun Feb 29 15:11:35 MST 2004


What follows gives an inkling of what was the true fabric of the 
Soviet bureaucrats and their general lack of interest (to say it 
mildly) in the needs of common people, even of common people who 
worked with dogged loyalty for them.

The Argentineans Juan José Manauta (writer, novelist, journalist), 
Hugo Griffoi (designer, artist) and Alberto Foradori  (journalist) 
worked for decades for a "communist" boss, the most "communist" of 
"communist" bosses available: the Soviet Union Embassy in Buenos 
Aires.  One may suppose that their job there was some kind of payment 
for political loyalty.  But it was a job, wasn't it.  If it is a job, 
then you must have your pension dues paid, aren't you. Well, not when 
you work for the Soviets...

These three loyal comrades obtained a ruling of the Argentinean 
Supreme Court, 5 years ago, against the Embassy of the Soviet Union, 
now the Russian Federation.

The three, now very old (one of them, actually, is dead) had been 
working for more than 30 years, producing the  "Novedades de la Unión 
Soviética" newsletter, as employees of the Soviet Embassy. When the 
publication was discontinued, they discovered that the revolutionary 
communists of the Soviet Union had been systematically "forgetting" 
to deposit their retirement funds (in Argentina, employers act as 
"agentes de retención", that is they keep a part of the wages and 
deposit it at the pensioner's fund).

The ruling was exemplary, and many could benefit from it against 
imperialist companies such as the Lyonnaise des Eaux which has been 
managing the water and sewage system in Buenos Aires since the times 
of Menem.  

But neither of the loyal comrades and devoted Communists of 
"Novedades" could cash the money Russia owes them, because Russia 
does not recognize Argentinean law.  Ah, if these three people had 
been available at Moscow, Lubyanka would have put them where they 
belong...  BTW: Novedades was terribly boring, but this doesn't seem 
to have deterred the Embassy from hiring Manauta, Griffoi and 
Foradori.

Now, I am not particularly in favor of those who, like Manauta, 
Griffoi and Foradori, made a living out of  political subservience.  
But a worker is a worker, a boss a boss, and a swindler a swindler.

The most serious thing here is that one of the specialists who were 
consulted in the case is decided to perceive his salary, in order to 
do which he has already obtained an eviction ruling against Griffoi, 
whose only belongings are his house.  Griffoi is now over 80.

Full story, in Spanish, at:

http://www.nuevosiglo-online.com/20040229/medios2.htm


Eduardo Betas



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