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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #231 - Fralib: The Elephant is not helpless (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 13 Oct 2013 12:58:14 +0300


The Fralib plant GÃmenos produces tea and herbal teas marketed under the Lipton Elephant and Unilever brands. Giant food did not expect such resistance when he announced in 2010 the closure of the factory. With determination, the employee es imposed an alternative project to dismissal. ---- On June 24, workers and workers Fralib united in an inter-CGC CGT entered their 1000th day of struggle against the multinational Unilever.Les Fralibs got the buildings and grounds of the factory are purchased by the Community city ââof Marseille. The multinational Unilever was forced to sell all of the industrial tool for symbolic euro, while originally she wanted to move the machines to other European sites belonging. The alternative project became a reality with the creation of a Scop: working Cooperative Provencal Teas and Infusions (Scop IT).

More salary for 6 months

The legal field the Fralibs win another victory on Feb. 28, with the annulment by the Court of Appeal of Aix third social and layoffs. The path is impressive but much remains to be done. For the activity restarts in good conditions, require Fralibs Unilever sells the Scop the Elephant brand and it subcontracts the volumes required for 5 years. That categorically rejects the multinational as it is only a drop in an ocean of profit.

In revenge for fear that if they win this fight makes oil stain, it is bent against the Fralibs. Instead of launching a fourth procedure socially, she appealed to the Supreme Court and has not paid any salary since March 31. She hopes to financially strangle the workers and laborers, but solidarity allows them to keep and cons-attack. Their lawyers asked that justice sets a penalty of 3000 euros per day per employee-es as a new procedure has not been initiated. thirty boxes

At Carrefour struggles

Despite their courage and tenacity of forces is not enough to bend the giant was 51.3 billion global turnover in 2012. To win, we must move to a higher level, Fralibs are aware, it is for this reason that on June 28 held their initiative a "Carrefour struggles." Delegations, mainly CGT than thirty companies facing layoffs and closures, found themselves in Gemenos to share their experiences, talk about the outlook, share their hopes. There has been talk of convergence of struggles, the defense of national industrial potential, response class, reappropriation of the means of production, etc. ... Unilever can be sure of one thing, he has not finished with Fralibs!

Hervà (AL Marseille)
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