“Today in the popular economy everyone works, the problem is jobs without rights” – Diario El Ciudadano y la Región

Some time ago he left behind the original inflammation, the one that led him, like thousands and thousands, to join the Peronist youth. Now, a step away from turning 70, Gerardo Rico says he is no longer for the tumult of state management or for positions, what matters most to him “after 54 years of activism “is to leave”. a “legacy”. And in this position, he returns to his origins: restoring the value of Peronism as a tool for transforming society. development, this is noticeable in a time of crisis like the one we are currently living in. There is more industrial development and white work. The problem is that we do not believe in the fallout theory, we believe in aiming work from the bottom up. These are two different criteria that have to do with a more liberal and conservative economy or with a more progressive and Peronist economy”, explains the former provincial deputy and current member of the national management table of the Mouvement Avoid.

Rico constantly returns to this concept, to which he gives a sense of platform: he confirms that in 2023 “el Evita” will fight for the post of governor, with the national deputy Eduardo Toniolli as candidate, in an internal that announces as wide even beyond the borders of Peronism. “To appear is already to win,” he says: “For us it’s very important because at least we’re going to put a lot of social issues on the agenda. Many things that happen daily in society are in many speeches, but they are not in concrete practice”, he questions. “What is the role of the provincial state with the waterway? What is the role of the provincial state vis-à-vis humidity? What is the role of the state vis-à-vis municipal, provincial, health, education and police workers who receive unpaid figures in their salaries which after years will not serve them for retirement ? he asks in a critical tone that reaches even the governor’s administration. Omar Perotti. He shows disgust, among other things, for having played with teachers’ salaries: it does not matter that it is a bargaining chip in the showdown of a high-intensity conflict: “It shocks and it has a sounding board in the Peronism of the province, “he warns. And he points out that there are other interests that take advantage of the opportunity, although their desires are far from defending the rights of education workers or education This is how he reviews the Vicentin affair, the expansion of agro-industry or brickyards in the islands of the upper delta, the dispute over the navigation trunk of the Paraná River , even the social degradation that has multiplied the drug trade with its increasing doses of violence in the most vulnerable sectors. Rico slips that it is a complex framework that breaks up society, and it is up to the State to intervene. But not as he does so far; “It must be a policy of the State, but not only from the point of view of security, but also encompasses other aspects that have to do with social development in the most vulnerable sectors of society”, he defined. And he specifies that they know the subject very closely: “We have nearly 120 places in the city of Rosario. We live side by side with all this problem, we live together and we suffer it. We have an experience that was not taught to us by the university or anything, but by the daily life of our colleagues. They live in Absolutely fear, alarm.

“We have a certain vision of what is happening, and it is not only a security aspect,” insists Rico, denying that the answer is a greater police deployment. What happens in the neighborhood is known in the neighborhood, he points out. “That is to say, in the same way that I know it, the Police know it, the Justice knows it. That’s why a ministry is not going to solve it, ”he argues.

The leader again directly links the problem of drug trafficking in urban enclaves to the social and economic deterioration of popular sectors and the lack of opportunities for children and young people. And he points out that the way to reverse it is through popular economics. “Santa Fe’s cooperative and mutual sector is one of the largest in the country. In Santa Fe, approximately 30% of workers are part of the popular economy. But they are not informal, they have no rights, which is why we must support the cooperative sector, support the development of productive enterprises. We do not believe that the whole of society is going to be empty, that the real possibility does not exist. But yes, the productive development of a province must be done with those who are today the outcasts of society”, traces the leader, to insist on the basic scheme: “Productive development from below”. .

Rico is thinking, in this line, of a return to the field. “Because formal work in cities no longer exists, full employment will not exist where everyone is suddenly a formal worker with rights. We therefore propose that informality has rights”, remarks. “But to return to the countryside, it must have all the logical infrastructures that the cities no longer have because they were losing them”, he underlines, referring to “development banks like those which existed before , which exist for example, in Brazil, where it is the basic support for small businesses.

“And of course the popular sectors and the cooperatives, so that development starts from there. Today in the popular economy everyone works, the problem is that these are jobs without rights and we want to give rights to these jobs, to these workers, so that they too can develop. The former lawmaker mentions, giving an example, dairy farms, a chain that characterized all of Santa Fe’s geography until it began to recede, driven by rural soybeans. And also to small agricultural production, key in a context of high inflation. “It’s something that we consider at the national level: the importance of having popular markets, through cooperatives that participate in them or families, the market in Buenos Aires sells things for less than half of what sells in supermarkets”, realizes and emphasizes that it must be a state policy in Santa Fe to generate and support these chains, from production to marketing. “There are a lot of economic mechanisms,” which are available, he insists, and notes that the territory of Santa Fe “is full of small lands that belong to the provincial or municipal states”.

“That’s the policy we’re proposing, that’s why we came forward. We do not present ourselves against anyone, but with concrete proposals towards the economy, social, cultural, security. So that we don’t just go off in speech: we have to do it. We absolutely have to do something different,” concludes Rico.

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