Frente Obrero

Frente Obrero (Spanish for 'Workers Front') was a national trade union centre in Nicaragua. It was founded c. 1972-74, as the trade union wing of the MAP-ML.

FO poster. Slogan reads 'Negotiate with the workers - not the contra!'

When the National Reconstruction Government was formed on July 19, 1979, FO had one of 33 representatives in the Council of State.[1] As of 1983, it was mainly active in the construction and sugar cane sectors.[2]

Adopting what it saw as an anti-revisionist policy on the Sandinistas, starting in 1980 strikes led by the Front occurred in the private sugar mills of San Antonio and Monterrosa, while the Front called for 100% salary increases, started a series of occupations of privately owned lands and industries, sabotaged government-led economic efforts, and advocated the development of "another civil war, this time against the Sandinista Front."[3] Its base of support, however, gradually declined from thereon.

It was dissolved in 1986.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Estatuto fundamental de 20 de julio de 1979". La Gaceta (1). 22 August 1979. Archived from the original (DOC) on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
  2. ^ Revista Envío - El sindicalismo nicaragüense frente a la agresión y la defensa
  3. ^ George Black, Triumph of the People: The Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, New York: ZED Press, 1981, p. 337.
  • "Labor Relations during the Sandinista Government" by Carlos Alá Santiago Rivera in Caribbean Studies, Vol. 24, No. 3/4 (1991), pp. 242-243.