VIOME: A WORKERS’ EXPERIMENT WITH GLOBAL APPEAL

Reports from the Edge of Borderline Democracy

“No worker who is not a shareholder, no shareholder who is not a worker,” say the workers of VIOME (Industrial Mineral), a factory in northern Greece. Their plan to take over the factory and to manage it themselves has generated waves of encouragement and support throughout theworld. In this report for UNFOLLOW magazine, Christos Avramidis and Antonis Galanopoulos investigate the background to current events, and ask what the future might hold for these workers and their plan, what the reaction of the Greekgovernment is likely to be, and whether workers’ self-management is feasible in a capitalist context.

“You can’t? We can!” This is how the workers of VIOME (short for Viomichaniki Metalleutiki, Industrial Mineral) reacted to the decision by the management to close down yet another factory in the Prefecture of Thessaloniki.

VIOME, a factory that makes chemical products for the construction sector, was established in…

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