1. The Lucas Plan

    In 1976, facing rationalisation and redundancies, shop stewards at Lucas Aerospace approached the Tony Benn then Secretary of State for Industry in the UK Labour Government to discuss their future in the context of Labour’s plans for the nationalisation of the aerospace industry.  Benn, a high profile supporter of the Institute for Workers’ Control, suggested to the Lucas Shop Steward Combine Committee that they produce their own business plan. read more »

  2. International Gathering of “The Workers’ Economy”

    First Regional Gathering of Europe and the Mediterranean

    Friday, January 31 and Saturday February 1, 2014
    International Gathering of “The Workers’ Economy”
    First Regional Gathering of Europe and the Mediterranean
    Held in the worker-occupied Factory Fralib
    Gemenos, Bocas del Ródano, France

    Organizers: Organizing committee of the “International Gathering of the Workers’ Economy”; Programa Facultad Abierta, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). With the collaboration of ASPAS (Association of Solidarity with South America of Provence).
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  3. After factory shutdown, Italian workers ‘recycle’ jobs

    A group of Italian unemployed factory workers take over their disused factory near Milan and plan to set up a recycling business.

    A group of Italian factory workers who lost their jobs at an auto component maker due to the recession, have taken over their disused factory near Milan and are planning to set up a recycling business as they struggle for dignity.
    “We were considered rejects in society and we recycled ourselves,” said Gigi Malabarba, an unemployed man who has joined the initiative. read more »

  4. When Workers Takeover: From Redundancy to Ri-Maflow

    Italian workers occupy the factory where they used to work and run it as a cooperative recycling electronic components.

    Have you heard the story about the Italian workers who took over the bankrupt company that previously employed them and started a new cooperative, all while doing something for the environment? read more »


    An appeal of support to the self-managed factory Ri-Maflow in Milan, Italy.

    This appeal in support of the self-managed factory Ri-Maflow in Milan, Italy has already received international support. Collective and individual support can be sent to : rimaflowvuolevivere@gmail.com. All donations to help the factory continue are most welcome. read more »

  6. A New Era for Worker Ownership, 5 Years in the Making

    The New Era Windows Cooperative opens its doors (and windows) for business.

    Becoming a worker-owned cooperative is the latest chapter in the saga of the workers of Republic Windows and Doors, who gained the nation’s attention by occupying their factory—twice—and became a symbol of resistance in the face of corporate corruption and the economic crisis. read more »

  7. The importance of education and conscientization: Part II on labour self-management

    Part II

    The people have been long exposed to the capitalist approach to economic development and it is quite fair to assert that the ideas of capitalism are dominant on the question of economic efficacy. The people might have critique of capitalism but it is generally seen as the only game in town, especially with the demise of the former Soviet Union and with it bureaucratic, authoritarian state socialism. In this context Marley's exhortation to the people to "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery / None but ourselves can free our minds" is very instructive. read more »

  8. We have to make sure that economically we're free': Worker self-management in Jackson, Miss.

    Part I

    Ajamu Nangwaya participated in the recent Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy 2013, speaking about the potential for worker self-management in the City of Jackson, Mississippi, following the historic election Chokwe Lumumba as mayor. This article, Part 1 of 2, is based on Ajamu Nangwaya's presentation to the conference, and is part of our ongoing focus on labour and workers' issues this week on rabble.ca.

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  9. Vio.Me, Self-Organization in Greece

    This short documentary tells the story of how the VIOME workers re-opened the factory under self-management and looks to where the factory is headed now.

    The workers at the Vio.Me. Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece have quickly grown into a symbol of self-management internationally. After going on strike and occupying their factory, on February 12, 2013 they re-opened the factory and started production under worker's control. For many, the factory represents a new potential way forward for unemployed workers in Greece – seizing the means of production, running factories without bosses, producing only goods that are needed, and distributing them through solidarity networks. read more »

  10. Autoworkers Under the Gun: An Interview With Gregg Shotwell, UAW Activist and Author

    Shotwell talks about the onslaught of auto management, the decline of the UAW and the efforts of autoworkers to resist both.

    The sit-down strike by General Motors workers in the winter of 1936-37 was one of the galvanizing events in U.S. labor history. Similarly, the efforts of the primarily African-American autoworkers of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the other RUM’s sparked the resurgence of rank and file militancy in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. In more recent years, the New Directions caucus and Soldiers of Solidarity carried on the radical tradition in the United Automobile Workers. read more »

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