Magazine article New Internationalist

Boss-Free Factory

Magazine article New Internationalist

Boss-Free Factory

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Workers from a bankrupt Greek factory are refusing to join the swelling ranks of the unemployed, who now make up 28 per cent of the population.

Employees at Vio.Me, a former construction materials factory, took control of their workplace in late 2011. Inspired by the self-managed factories movement that flourished in crisis-hit Argentina back in 2001, their action followed a prolonged industrial dispute after the owner withheld wages and filed for bankruptcy.

'All decisions are taken by a weekly general assembly,' explains Makis Anagnostou, Vio.Me union chair and worker. 'That means everything from the division of labour to distribution of wages, and the direction of our political struggle.'

Greek industrial production recorded its steepest decline in 16 months last July. But bolstered by community support, workers reopened the factory and re-started production in February 2013.

Denied legal recognition, Vio. …

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