Unionization without Bosses: Informal Workers' Organizing in Argentina
Our paper will consider the experience of the Confederacion de Trabajadores de la Economia Popular (CTEP Confederation of Popular Economy Workers), which has developed in the early 2010s with the purpose of organizing member of work cooperatives, self-employed and informal workers in diverse economic sectors and activities. CTEP aims at creating works for precarious workers, gaining recognition as a union and bargaining with the state.
Our paper will explore the organizational innovation, the connections with previous forms of employed and unemployed workers organizing and the challenges facing an organization that attempts to fight for working conditions and income for workers who do not formally work for an employer. We will also analyze the implications of the fact that organizing is for this sector a form of creating jobs and at the same time a form of representation and struggle and of addressing issues pertaining to the social reproduction and access to services for these workers.