Occupy the factory! Workers and communities take over in Greece and beyond

Liam Barrington-Bush will join the next Mutual Aid In Sussex meeting, on Wednesday 19 April to talk about solidarity ecosystems in Greece and beyond.

Occupy the factory! Solidarity ecosystems of communities in Greece & beyond by Mutual Aid in Sussex

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A VIOME worker puts up a poster for the 2nd Euromed Workers’ Economy meeting. By Liam Barrington-Bush, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

In 2011, the Vio.Me. factory in Thessaloniki became the first European face of the occupied factory movement which came to global prominence in Argentina in 2001 and has since spread across Latin America.

Workplace occupations present an obvious alternatives to worker exploitation, with workers developing collective and cooperative means of organising their work, without bosses. Based on the practices that have emerged at Vio.Me. in Greece and in factories across Argentina, they may also offer a more directly democratic, sustainable and grassroots vision of how social change can happen.

Connecting with other grassroots, network-led forms of organising that have taken root elsewhere in the world (e.g. Chiapas, Rojava), come and explore what the organising models found at Vio.Me. could mean for a range of radical organising efforts closer to home.

Liam travelled to Greece in October 2016 to hear stories from workers and attend the Euromediterranean Workers Economy meeting, a unique glimpse into a breadth of worker-occupations happening across Europe.

Occupy the factory! Solidarity ecosystems of communities in Greece & beyond by Mutual Aid in Sussex

Join us at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19 April at Coachwerks, 19A Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton. Please bring £1 towards venue costs.

Read more about Liam’s experiences in Greece here on the ROAR website.

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