Initial reflections on Argentine election results

Three Trotskyist parties in Argentina have been in an alliance since 2011, both electoral and beyond. This alliance, the Left and Workers Front, made up of the Workers' Party, the Socialist Workers Party and the Socialist Left, has participated in popular mobilisations, as well as putting up a revolutionary left alternative in the elections. 
The FIT (their Spanish acronym) has argued that its major activities included:

• Exposing the illegal surveillance on trade union activists and leftists carried out by the National Guard, which eventually led to the resignation of Minister of Defence Nilda Garré.

• Taking the lead in defying President Cristina Kirchner’s ban on left parties entering the Plaza de Mayo for the rally on March 24 marking the anniversary of the 1976 coup.

• Denouncing the criminal mismanagement of the floods in the city of La Plata, organizing solidarity with the victims, and fighting for the punishment of those responsible for the catastrophe.

• Campaigning for life imprisonment for railway union leader José Pedraza and the thugs responsible for the murder of Partido Obrero member and student activist Mariano Ferreyra in October 2010.

• Supporting the struggle of Volkswagen workers in Córdoba province against dismissals and against fraud in the rank-and-file delegates’ election in that factory, which led to resignation of Omar Dragún, the provincial Minister of Labour.

• Organizing opposition to the right-wing trade union bureaucracy in the workers’ movement, and supporting key struggles such as that at Kraft foods in 2009 (which was condemned both by the bosses’ political parties and by the trade union bureaucracy).

• Playing an important role in victories such as that at the Lear car components plant and in the internal struggle in the Buenos Aires province teachers’ union, where the FIT won control of 11 branches that were previously dominated by allies of the Kirchner government.

The elections of 27 October saw them getting well over a million votes, which meant that since 2011 their votes have more than doubled. Polling 5.11%, they have made a significant break through, and have elected three National Deputies, two from the Partido Obrero and one from the PTS. They have also challenged another result, where they claim the IS candidate should have been declared elected.

While the FIT is still a bloc, not a unified party, one hopes it will either function in a more united manner for a long period, or better still, unite into one revolutionary party.

Kunal Chattopadhyay