Subect 1: Martín Rapetti
Role: Vice-President of CRA
Place: Buenos Aires
Date: July 14, 2015
This excerpt describes a farmer’s perception of costs and how lockouts do not affect production necessarily. In line with the prior case study that highlight the impact of silo-bags, this illustrate the distinctive features of rural lockouts.
[1:04:10] Rapetti: “[when we were discussing a lockout and we were complaining that dairy producers never joined] I was told that I had an alternative that my cattle remain in the countryside eating grass. I said I can put the cattle in the barn. But we always end up paying because if I don’t sell and deliver my cattle to the Liniers estate market during the days of the lockout, when I deliver the cows I do it with everyone else and that depresses the price because we cannot agree that today I send mine and tomorrow you send yours. What we didn’t send during ten days at some point needs to leave, it’s continuous, it’s permanent…” [1:04:47]
[1:11:45] Authors: “If you are in a lockout, do service suppliers continue working in your land or do they join the lockout?”
Rapetti: “No, they don’t. That’s one of the differences that we often mention. That’s why we usually call it strike outside the gates. Ours is an employer strike. We don’t affect the country like an airline strike does or when a factory strikes.” [1:12:11]