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CARRARIO, Marta and FREIRE, Jorgelina. Women representation in Neuquén city unionism: From the women committee in FaSinpat to the feminine dues in SOECN. Neuquén (2000-2009). Aljaba [online]. 2010, vol.14, pp. 103-120. ISSN 1669-5704.
Historically, wage-paid work has been part of the male body, in the masculine sexuality, in his relationship with productive work. This masculine image covers the organizations and their processes, leave aside women and contributes to maintain the genre segregation in women. In the case of the unions, measures pointing to develop a critical mass of women through dues or quotas constitute a bet to introduce necessary changes related to the organization culture and to introduce the genre perspective in the unionist action as well as the collective negotiation. In this paper, we will examine the application of the feminine unionist dues law (Law nº 25.674) in Neuquén Ceramists Employees and Workers Union (SOECN) to observe the degree of inclusion and participation of women in it. We will also study the strategies built in relationship to the implementation and appropriation of this space as a fighting place as well as the complex and heterogenous identities they build or try to build in opposition to the ones instituted by the androcentric system in which we are in. This approach gets more complex because it focuses primarily on the vital experiences of a group of women that, in the process of fighting in order to recover their work sources, they formed the Women Committee in the former Zanon. Nowadays, their work activities in the present FaSinpat allow them to be in charge of executive positions in the union they are part of, the SOECN, showing in this way, a different dynamics from the rest of work unions in our province and perhaps, in the country.
Keywords : Feminist theory; Feminine work; Positive action measures; Unionist partipation; Empowerment.