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Carlos, 39 is union glass worker at Envidrio (Cristaleria del Uruguay). The plant produces about 180,000 bottles a day and exports them in Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil.
After a long struggle, with the help of Hugo Chavez and Pepe Mujica workers from "Cristaleras del Uruguay" have set up their own business, taken over control of the factory in which they had worked before bankruptcy, and have set up the only glass bottle factory in the country, Envidrio. Inspired by "fabricas recuperadas movement," Envidrio emerged in response to Argentina's 2001 economic crisis. It's now the most significant "workers' self-management" phenomenon in Uruguay.
Workers inside Viome attending the visit of Naomi Klein.
The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have been unpaid since May 2011. By decision of their general assembly they have decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, they are kick-starting production on February 12, 2013, after 3 days of intense mobilization.
"It's all about workers. The workers create everything, they have to take back what the own", said a Viome's worker.