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(en) Greece, ese.espivblogs: For Robin, self-management and solidarity by ESE Athens (gr) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 5 Sep 2016 13:05:42 +0300

A comprehensive update on the project ---- We are in the uncomfortable position to deposit a text relating to the development of the struggle of works of Robin or of former workers in factory Papadopoulos - Bottle in Homeland Imathia . To say that we participate in solidarity with the workers from the first moment and who knows persons and things we acted always with a view to the satisfaction of merikoteron but and the total starting their objective , namely the self-management of the plant . the objective he was clearly formulated and the establishment of the initiative of solidarity , for the which existed and clear fitting that in each case that the workers decided to change the orientation of, the initiative will aftodialyotan . Two individual axes over at which established the initiative was the clear positioning the opposite to nationalist and fascist attitudes and the direct-democratic in character .

Since the beginning of the effort of the workers of the former factory Papadopoulos - Bottle appeared inside the lines the two tendencies . The one was the sense of self as the sets the indu and the other in the sense of co-management of the factory with a from the two former bosses, the Papadopoulos . from both understand and are two reasonably supported by each one of two employees . the remaining employees seemed that waver between the two logical , depending on the developments , the internal conflicts and potential with the pressures that accepted in everyday their life . We found also that the employees with the shape of co-management with the boss talked together of the developments in the plant . in fact this is not the imagined but us in they informed the other employees of the factory . in the shape of co-management was also an employee who on suspension of the personal the page and a blog have expressed clear nationalist fascist positions and sympathy to the National Socialists of the Golden Dawn .

As solidarity and solidarity in that the first substantial crisis of the project we asked and we think that we took clear positions on the part of workers that do not want to co-management with the former boss and that remains vertically against the fascism .
As is logical , the workers and the solidarity marched from public the road , which had decided the first with several contradictions but and friction in a range issues , which created other times of the first and other times by their solidarity . Throughout the duration of the effort the workers were part in various groupings and allilokatigorountan in corridors for pimp , thefts , acts of selfishness , etc . the position we face in them the phenomena was clear that everything should be discussed at meeting them and if she decided to informing their solidarity to any matter coming to confrontation with the main axes of solidarity : the goal of self-management , the antifascist placing them , the direct democracy . Do not requested - by the side of us at least - to go along at any reasonable fit the beliefs us for the struggles that we gave . Instead insisted from the principle that the workers had the same to plan , to decide and to control the decisions of a mind to own their beliefs but and the steps that they will be planned in order to enter in production . For this and also we not insisted on foolish and arid debates about the if and until you will discuss with operators of everyday domination - municipal factions , mayors , political parties , parliamentarians , the church or whatever , what else decide . the only you ever were looking for was the respect of the axis of solidarity and of course the public installation and the updating of initiative of solidarity and of society for all what they decided and planned .

One of the primary weaknesses of the project that should be solved in a short period of time was precisely the strengthening of the functioning of the Assembly of workers , which would them allow to overcome and the issues improvisation , gossip , blame , etc. , and to gather in common the goal . Repeatedly some workers pointed to the fact of failure their to make assembly , even and the daily discussion that we have used the nearby example of BICM for the design and the implementation of decisions them . in fact it seemed , and in several of the common assemblies of workers - solidarity which come with different placements in seriously for these issues .

It is obvious to all and all those participating in the horizontal movements us that the weakening and the indifference of the assembly leads to strengthening internal hegemony , fatriakon confrontations , disorientation , misery and finally the quagmire .
One other weakness of former employees Papadopoulos - Bottle was and is incomplete if not complete absence of them from workers' and social struggles that took place in the region , although many of the institutions of "from below" ( voluntary basis , joints , refugees , etc. ) were found by the authority to flank them . You can say that quite well built a relationship of direct trust with the indu but and with moments of movement of Skouries . Positive was and the attitude of the strike concentration of May . However from the own our experience the repeated invitation be placed next to the struggles of workers and refugees, he found the door of the closed . and certainly this the first time it could be justified by the lack of organization , orientation , targeting , etc. , but there can be justified by a point and then when little by little the project shows to prioritizes the priorities of . and here we come to close the past and the present .

Authorities May the employee who talked with the boss withdraws from the project without never to explain their reasons , something that made two months after with the recent intervention of the list of e- mail of the initiative , using no decision of the Assembly of the meil of Robin . Shortly time post and one employee even expelled from the assembly of with the category of collusion of by the former boss . following from this the case of an even employee retires on unclear to us reasons .

From the beginning some of June and after, in front and in the design of the caravan of solidarity in Athens with indu - Robin , the workers of the former factory Papadopoulos - Bottle gradually cease the meetings their with the solidarity . So for a so important event that you pressed the government to take place towards the demands of the recovered companies are former employees of Papadopoulos - Bottle indifferent . not know by how much this the time that they were doing assembly . If you believe the words themselves, rather there were doing .

And there that the few remaining workers seem to still determined to proceed the project, we learn that there is one underground discussion with consultants business , parliamentarians , local factors that triumphalism with the example of IWT . Clone for :
the financing of the project , from unspecified sources , the change of the relationship with the community and the solidarity and the effort of Robin to reach bishops , MPs , MEPs , etc. for the enhancement of the public image of ,
the change of the production of processed wood to manufacture wooden small items .
The discussion was confirmed also by one of the employees of the plant which is now accused of financial irregularities .

In repeated attempts us to get back on to discuss with their employees , but and to answer the questions us , the answers to them are contradictory and ambiguous and show clearly, in the opinion of us, the change of attitude to face us .
As solidarity - s and insisting on starting our attitude , there are those who will indicate to their former employees Papadopoulos Bottle-how to formulate their struggle. But we understood that was the solidarity and the society in the whole of be aware of their own to Robin for all the discussion of , the change of targeting them , the individual decisions them . The sincerity them to us was enough for to redefine the attitude our opposite them . Instead of this, continuing a game between the invective which culminates with the meil that sent one of the two workers who aspire to co-manage the company with the former boss . the meil it denounces two workers for financial irregularities and rewards indirectly the role the second worker who called co with the Papadopoulos . in the communication that we had with the workers realized the following :
the meil not sent with a decision of the Assembly , sent by this person who continues to be at the meeting and has been accused in the past for stealing money ,

that has come back in shape the discussion of co with the boss , that there is a discussion on the implementation of a design type EN . clone .
And here all the weaknesses of the project back to a level that denies whole the initial reciprocal commitment employees - solidarity in the way of the self and the race .
We felt before proceed to any final assessment of the project to quote one line events such as we the experienced all this in time . Since the events can easily be concluded that essentially the Robin , as example the recovered business in road of struggle for the self , not there . something else has emerged in place of . But we believe also that the final word on this to have the same the workers of the plant who have all the right to decide about the lives their . as people who see the self-organization of labor and social struggles and in self the way of total release us from the shackles of exploitation , would like one clear positioning of the workers of the former factory of Papadopoulos - canteen in connection with the suspicion that there are around from the attitude of .

As employees and workers , as unemployed - ies , as a repressed and oppressed realize that every race that comprises means of the issue of survival , starting from one position defense . We will respect each place their suffice it to be clear towards us , towards the movement of solidarity and throughout the society of "from below" . Let us respect , however , and the same that we have all the right to know the what they want to do , and that does not have any right to play games with the solidarity , the dignity and the ideas of a movement which comes through in the story and in the opinion of our rewrites shyly tentative new pages in this .
Libertarian Syndicalist Union Imathia
August 2016

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