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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest
Athens, Greece
By Nicola Zolin
13 Jul 2015

Anti-austerity protests swept through Athens the day after Greek Prime Minister Tsipras signed a framework deal set out by Eurozone leaders - a deal he said he "didn't believe in, but that was necessary for the future of the country." Experts, including representatives of the IMF, acknowledged that the deal was in many ways worse than the deal Mr. Tsipras set before the Greek people in a referendum.

Two days after the protests, the Greek parlaiment approved the deal, keeping Greece in the Eurozone, but passing reforms many consider draconian for a country already exhausted with austerity and rising unemployment.

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 06
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

KKE and worker unions members protesting against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 07
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

Leader of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoubas

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Greek Parliament Debates Debt Crisis 04
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Nea Democratia talking to the Parliament

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Greek Parliament Debates Debt Crisis 12
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos discussing with Polakis, Syriza

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 01
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

KKE and worker unions members protesting against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 02
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

KKE and worker unions members protesting against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 03
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

Speaker shouting slogan against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 04
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

Protesters in Syntagma Square outside Greek Parliament Building.

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 05
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

KKE and worker unions members protesting against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Viome, a self-management factory in T...
thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

Before the beginning of the international crisis, Viome were a factory in Thessaloniki with around 80 workers. The factory produced chemical products for the construction sector, owned by Philippou family. The main company of the Philippou's group, Philkeram-Johnson S.A, were in bankrupt in 2011 and the consequences for Viome were immediately adverse. After institutional meetings without a clear solution, the workers decide to re-take the factory and the production. In September 2012, after a 48hours strike, the workers start to discuss the idea of self-management, and the 97% of workers vote for it.

After the occupation of the factory, on 12 February 2013, the workers started the self-management production, selling cleaning products. A huge solidarity movement support the workers, with national and international inititatives to promote and diffuse the "Viome way", where now workers control the factory, without any owner.

Around 40 people work in Viome, with a basic wage for everyone and 8 hours working time 5 days a week. The general assembly decide the main question and a weekly meeting discuss he more operative aspects. "At the beginning was difficult, but we are sure that our situation is gonna be better, even better than before the crisis", said a worker of Viome. Economic crisis and bad decision from the Viome's leadership, contribute to the difficult situation of the factory, with with the probable dismissal of around 80 workers.

Since the workers have retake the factory, they've started a new production of cleaning products, looking for a sustainable and ethical production, including workers rights and a big challenge: spread the idea that workers create everything, and the have to take bake what they onw, in any cities and countries around the world.

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Viome 25
Salonicco
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

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.

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Viome 16
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

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.

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Viome 14
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

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.