Río Tercero, Villa María. The decision of the state-owned Fabricaciones Militares to reduce its staff by nearly 20 percent lasted yesterday in the communities of Río Tercero and Villa María, where the announced dismissals added moments of tension and fear.
a few days ago the version of an adaptation in the establishment of 814 workers that added the two Cordovan plants circulated. Yesterday, in the first hour, the arrival of one hundred gendarmes to every military factory expected the decision to be taken.
In the morning the addresses of both units admitted that the redundancies were "forthcoming", but that the relevant listings would be communicated next week. Then it appeared that it was meant to do without the staff in the branches.
In the military factory of Villa María, the list of 42 contracted persons was transferred at 3 pm. The moment of reading, in the goal, left behind painful images among the workers and their relatives who waited to confirm whether they were inside or outside the payroll. That factory had 375 employees until yesterday.
In that of Río Tercero, who had a staff of 439, the torture lasted. The list appeared at 6.30 pm, but only when the workers agreed to leave the company premises. "It was torture, should listen if you are on the list of missed or not, while others are relieved and crying next to others, very sad," Mariana summarized, whose husband, who has been in service for more than a decade, yesterday dismissed from the dismissal.
There were several broken people and moments of tension. At night there were still a lot of employees and family members at the entrances to the factory.
Of the 814 employees of the two Cordovan units, 101 were fired yesterday.
Last December, another staff adjustment was planned: at that time there were 25 of Río Tercero and 28 of Villa María, for which the contract was not renewed, and in those days Fabricaciones Militares also decided on its factory in Azul (Buenos Aires).
As on that occasion, yesterday's reduction included the other two factories (one in Santa Fe and one in San Juan) and the personnel at the headquarters of Fabricaciones Militares in Buenos Aires. 19659002] Last night, at the end of this edition, a very busy march traveled through the streets of Río Tercero, with the presence of municipal authorities and representatives of almost all social, institutional and political sectors. In this city the military factory is a historical emblem and an icon of its industrial development.  In Villa María there was also mobilization, with a call for the Deliberative Council.
The trade union ATE evaluates the action measures. For the time being, there are no shut-downs in the factories.
Aguad: Reduce the deficit
& # 39; In the morning, before he knew the details of layoffs, the Nation's Minister of Defense, Oscar Aguad, admitted that they would not be renewed "about 200 contracts" in Military Fabrications. In statements against Cadena 3, Aguad said that the deficit of this industrial state complex reached 1,600 million pesos annually. "Nobody can think that after 70 years of waste of resources and systematic corruption, the country can leave without sacrificing," he said. "We are reducing the structures and redefining the role of military constructions, and this means making sacrifices that are painful and serious," he said.
Aguad said that Fabricaciones Militares had more than a thousand employees until yesterday and said it was not about layoffs, but about not renewing contracts.
Years ago, 90 percent of the staff consisted of hired personnel. The union ATE takes a decade and claims the passage to a permanent factory.
An industrial complex in the making
Until yesterday, slightly more than a thousand employees joined the country.
Military Fabrications It has four plants, after six months of closure of Azul (Buenos Aires), which had 230 employees.
Until yesterday, the four had just over a thousand workers.
Those in Río Tercero (which produces and produces chemicals) have metal-mechanic workshops) occupied 439. The one in Villa María (dedicated to gunpowder and explosives) had 375 agents.
The rest are in Santa Fe and San Juan (the smaller ones).