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North Korea in Color 012
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Jun 2014

A female worker in the metro in Hamhung's fertiliser factory, one of the two fertiliser factories in North Korea.

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Survivors of Bangladesh Fire Struggle...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

They never knew the darkness of a grisly night could be a portent of another dark episode of their lives waiting ahead. The heavy air filled with smoke and heat, and the loud, terrified screams of the many people trapped inside the blazing Tazreen Fashion building were just the beginning of a drawn-out struggle survivors of the fire would still endure two years after the tragedy.

On 24 November 2012, at least 117 people burnt to death after becoming trapped behind locked exits at the Tazreen Fashion factory, which supplied clothes to global brands. Two-hundred more people were severely injured in the fire.

Those who were lucky to survive do not feel like that anymore, as they suffered serious injuries, received no compensation, and are now left without a source of income. More than one-hundred of the injured Tazreen workers face extreme hardship and struggle to bear the costs of their treatment.

Anju Ara is one of them. "Sometimes the intensity of the pain drives me mad," she said. "I break things in desperation. I wake up screaming 'fire! fire!' at night. I can't sleep."

A good number of survivors are yet to recover from the trauma of the terrible incident, having lost their mental strength permanently, not able to work in the garment sector or in any other industry. Many others could not afford proper treatment afterwards and have developed fatal health complications over the last 24 months.

The fire started on the ground floor of the nine-story factory – and while the fire was consuming the lower floor, many desperate workers were stuck on the second, third and fourth floors of the building. Finding no way out, they broke windows on the eastern side, and jumped out.

Some survivors say their new lease on life has become a curse amid the practicalities of poverty. The list of health problems among them is long. Kidney disease, backbone problems, and chest pains prevail, and many also suffer from severe post-traumatic stress and crippling fear whenever they try to sleep.

Shahnaz Begum, 36, jumped from 3rd floor of the building. “I lost an eye and I’m having backbone problems,” she said. She now has to struggle to make a living and survive two years on.

Both Hasan Mia, 30, and Mahfuza Akter, 20, jumped from the second floor and survived the deathly fire that killed their friends and co-workers. “I now suffer from psychological and mental illness. It’s hard to think of that day,” says Mia. Like her colleague, Mahfuza suffers from the same illness.

The 2012 Dhaka fire was the deadliest factory fire in Bangladesh's history. The cause was initially blamed on a short circuit, however the government later declared that it could had been an “arson attack or sabotage" due to the occurrence of previous similar events.
Because of the large amount of fabric and yarn in the factory, the fire spread quickly to other floors, burning the building for over 17 hours before the firefighters were able to extinguishing it.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 25
Parque tecnologico, Montevideo, Uruguay
By Francesco Pistilli
21 Jan 2014

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.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 24
Parque tecnologico, Montevideo
By Francesco Pistilli
21 Jan 2014

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.

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ArgentA Silver Factory
Kolchugino
By Ignat Solovey
05 Jan 2014

Short informational/promotional film for specialists and customers about inner workings and technology processes of silver factory at Kolchugino, Vladimir region, Russia. Imagined, filmed, edited, rewritten and voiced over in Russian by me single-handedly. Filming took about seven hours, editing was performed in three weeks at quite leisurely pace.

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
14 Aug 2013

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
14 Aug 2013

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
14 Aug 2013

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
14 Aug 2013

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
14 Aug 2013

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
14 Aug 2013

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
14 Aug 2013

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
14 Aug 2013

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
14 Aug 2013

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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Tea Estates in Mozambique (5 of 13)
Mozambique
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
14 Jun 2013

Decades old tea factories surround the valley area some abandoned.

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Pottery Workshop In Gaza (16 of 35)
Gaza
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2013

The pottery factory resides right under the Attallah home, a part of their daily life. It has been a source of income and pride for the Attallah family for generations. Gaza Strip, June, 2013.

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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 3
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.

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Viome 19
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

An activist from the "Thessaloniki Solidarity Initiative to the struggle of VioMe" stand in front of the old noticeboard inside Viome.

The workers of Vio.Me. has awakened the solidarity of thousands of people, of the workers and the unemployed in every corner of the globe.

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Viome 9
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"It's all about workers. The workers create everything, they have to take back what the own", said a Viome's worker.

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Viome 18
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

One of the main problems for Viome was the Filkeram factory (building product), owned by Georgios Filippou. Even before the crisis, when the Viome's situation was good, the owner started to cut wages and hire workers.

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Viome 7
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

About 40 people work actually in Viome. They work 8 hours each day and take the basic wages.

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Viome 1
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"What we are doing in Viome is not only about this factory. We want to spread this way of production all over Greece and Europe, without bosses and injustice" said a Viome's worker.

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Viome 13
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"The politicians don't want the self-management, because unemployment and crisis are often useful for low wages and foreing investors", said a worker during a break.

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Viome 10
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"At the beginning was so difficult, we occupy the factory and now the situation is gonna be better every day, even better than before the crisis", said a worker of Viome.

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Viome 17
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

After bankrupt, workers decide to occupy the factory and then to self-organize the production. Now they produce cleaning products.

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Viome 11
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

In June 2013, Naomi Klein visited the Viome factory as an experiment of social redistribution from the botton. Actually there is no owner of the factory, just the general assembly makes decisions.

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Viome 22
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

“No worker who is not a shareholder, no shareholder who is not a worker,” say the workers of VIOME

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Viome 8
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

A worker dress the Viome t-shirt inside the factory.

The workers are however optimistic: The proceeds from the benefit gig and the donations of supportive groups and individuals collected through viome.org should be enough to keep the company afloat in the first few months. And the support of the social movements means many of the products will be distributed through the existing structures of social and solidary economy.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A laborer recovers metal pieces from the soil, working hard to ensure that his children will have a good day’s meal.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A laborer separates metal from soil with the help of a small magnet.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

"Black and Bold"- A labourer holds out his discolored and calloused hands which have endured years of hard shifts at the metal polishing factory.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

"A rusty affair"- A worker covers his face with a piece of cloth while working at a metal polishing factory during International Labour Day in Lahore, Pakistan. Many laborers throughout the country often work under difficult and dangerous circumstances without using proper safety equipment.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

Rhemat, a laborer in a metal polishing factory, spares a moment from work to pose for the camera.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Pakistan,Lahore
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A labourer separates metal from soil with the help of a small magnet.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A job notice is displayed outside a factory to attract new recruits. The daily income of labourers is set at one dollar per day, equaling to $60 per month.