“With his announcement, Fernández recognizes the disaster that meant for the workers”
On a day marked by the repercussions after the president’s announcement, Nicolás del Caño spoke with Alejandro Bercovich about this decision and the failure of the Frente de Todos government.
“I think that it was foreseeable that he would drop his candidacy or a possible candidacy because precisely the Frente de Todos breached its electoral contract. He came saying that he was going to leave behind the Macrista adjustment and, nevertheless, the situation worsened for the popular majorities, for the workers, the fall in wages, the retirements and the sectors of economic power have become more enriched, which are always the that benefit in Argentina. I think there is a very clear point there, which had already been expressed in 2021 where the Frente de Todos had lost four million votes and today, with this announcement by Alberto Fernández, it is nothing more than recognizing the disaster it meant for those working majorities, many of which at the time bet on the Frente de Todos to leave behind that Macrista heritage.”
Along the same lines, he added: “There is also the issue of debt. Following the path of the agreement with the International Monetary Fund that both Together for Change and Frente de Todos voted in Congress, has a very clear consequence in cuts, in adjustments, in tremendous conditioning. In this video where Alberto Fernández speaks, he repeats arguments or excuses, the pandemic, the war, the droughts, all elements that are true but that in reality, even in the face of an exceptional situation, measures were not taken to change that course, that social and economic orientation of the government to subordinate itself to the IMF and apply an adjustment policy”.
On the issue of alliances and candidacies, Del Caño pointed out: “Later we will have to see, and that will depend on the space of the Frente de Todos and Peronism, the issue of candidacies. Now what does seem important to me to highlight from what Alberto Fernández said is that he pointed out that they are the only space that can prevent the right from returning. Now, the right has grown under the government of the Frente de Todos. I think that the right has not grown so much in a long time and that has to do with those policies that were adopted, to a large extent, which are those that sectors of the right proclaim”.
Given this definition, Bercovich asked if he believes that the Left Front can also collect part of the discontent that the polls are beginning to say is accumulating on the extreme right. “I think so, that we already saw that in 2021. In Jujuy with 25% of the votes that the Left Front obtained with Alejandro Vilca, who became a national deputy, but we also saw it in the City of Buenos Aires, later twenty years old, a deputy entered, in this case our colleague Miriam Bregman. And we also had really important elections in the Buenos Aires suburbs, in La Matanza, Merlo, Moreno, José C. Paz, with close to 10% of the votes, having councillors. But it seems to me that the important thing is also to alert the workers and the workers, and for that also in this electoral campaign we want to have more strength, that is coming are even greater adjustments than those that are being experienced today. Some say that instead of 100 days they will make the adjustment in 100 hours, labor reform, pension reforms, devaluation. Some speak of a ‘chainsaw’, Milei of dollarization, which is clearly not going to mean greater purchasing power for the worker, but rather that this will be a brutal drop in the purchasing power of wages if it were applied”, Del Caño remarked. .
And he completed: “From the left we have to make this call for workers and workers to organize. Yesterday I was listening to the CGT and it’s a shame. They met after seven months, but it’s been five years since wages, pensions, and the purchasing power of working people have fallen, and they haven’t done anything. I think that this also encourages people not to think about collective solutions, organization, struggle, as seen, for example, in France. I think that this is the way, the only way to turn this around, to put an end to the International Monetary Fund, so that the banks are not run by ten big bankers but by the workers and the people. The same with foreign trade and everything that the bleeding of dollars means, which led to the fact that despite the 45 billion fiscal surplus that existed under the Frente de Todos government, the Central Bank does not have dollars. That is one of the factors that permanently puts pressure on inflation and devaluation.”