History of Labor Developments In Argentina

From Peronist to Cautiously Independent Unionism
  • Peride K. Blind


Argentina, located in South America’s Southern Cone, is an ethnically homogenous country composed primarily of immigrants from Italy and Spain. Its history and polity are marked by the centurieslong colonization by Spain (1516–1816). Of its 70 million inhabitants, 80 percent subscribe to Roman Catholicism, although most Argentines do not practice religion. While not a pivotal state in the sense that Turkey is in East-West geopolitics, Argentina is important for it used to be one of the richest countries in the world at the beginning of the twentieth century and was ranked as one of Latin America’s richest countries and its third-largest economy, after Brazil and Mexico, until recently (Ramakrishna et al. 2003, 1).


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  1. 7.
    Not all unions were protected by Peron. The Argentine Confederation of Catholic Workers (Confederacion Catolica de Trabajadores Argentinos) went out of existence during Peron’s reign for not following his lead (McGuire 1995).Google Scholar
  2. 17.
    Personal Interview with Gabriel Martinez, secretary of public relations, Federation of Workers of Energy of the Republic of Argentina (Federacion de los Trabajadores de la Energia de la Republica Argentina, FETERA). June 2, 2006, Buenos Aires.Google Scholar

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