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(en) Organisation Communiste Libertarie - The self-Viomichaniki Metaleftiki, it's gone! (fr) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:13:54 +0200


Workers Vio.Me. (Viomichaniki Metaleftiki), a manufacturing building materials in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have not been paid since May 2011. By their General Assembly decision they decided to occupy the factory and operate under their own control according to the principles of direct democracy. ---- After more than a year of struggle that has attracted the attention and solidarity in Greece and beyond, they actually started production Tuesday, February 12, 2013, after three days of intense mobilization. ---- Translation of a report published by the Solidarity Initiative (Thessaloniki) ---- Tuesday, February 12, 2013 ---- Machines have been self way! ---- After three days of intense mobilization, plant Vio.Me. began production under worker control, today in the morning!

This is the first experience in an industrial self Greece hit by the crisis, and workers Vio.Me. are convinced that this will be only the first of a series of such efforts.

The event was massive and dynamic

Mobilization began with a large gathering of workers and organizations and individuals united in a theater downtown on Sunday night. On this occasion, the line of action of the solidarity movement was discussed, and everyone had the opportunity to take the microphone and express his opinion on the workers' struggle.

Really talented artists have played in the fight for Vio.Me

On Monday night, there was a demonstration in the center of the city followed by a concert of solidarity with several big bands and popular singers [folk] well known. Among them, Thanassis Papakonstantinou, one of the most important contemporary Greek songwriters who somehow "part of the movement" because it still supports word and deed of the company's efforts to self-determination. Participation has exceeded the expectations of everyone. Unfortunately, about a thousand people were unable to enter because the room was full. The best moment of the night was when the workers took the microphone and explained their vision of another society, based on social justice, solidarity and self-management. Five thousand people cheered, shouting and singing songs of support. It was then that everyone realized that this effort was doomed to success!

A workers Vio.Me. addresses those present

Early the next morning the mobilization continued with a demonstration dynamic management of the factory. Workers were already at their post and production was started triumphantly before the cameras of the national media, local and alternative. The workers staged a tour of the factory and explained all the details of the production process to journalists and participants of the solidarity movement.

The first batch of products manufactured under workers control!

There is still a long way to go: Production costs are high, access to credit and can not get a share of the market is uncertain recession. Workers remain optimistic: The product of the concert support and donations from individuals and groups support collected through the Site viome.org should be enough to keep the company afloat during the first month. And support social movements means that many products will be distributed through the existing structures of the social economy.
workers Vio.Me. are already looking for new household products, component-based, non-toxic and environmentally friendly, suitable for home use. The factory produces quality building materials (mortar, plaster, tile adhesive and jointing materials, waterproof coatings, etc..) And workers know very well how to improve quality while further reducing production costs and therefore prices. The challenge now is to find a market for these materials, which are unfortunately too large to be transported over long distances, and should be sold in Greece and the neighboring Balkan countries.

The 40 workers Vio.Me. and hundreds of participants in the solidarity movement have lived for three days an unforgettable experience, which however is only the beginning of a long and difficult road. Now more than ever, we must be united and strong, determined to build a new world based on solidarity, justice and self!

Original text: here

[Translated by XYZ OCLibertaire]

Site workers Vio.me

http://www.biom-metal.blogspot.gr/

Information already published in connection with this article self-managed Viomichaniki Metaleftiki The company will soon start work
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