workerscontrol.net - our mission statement
An open virtual library documenting past and present experiences of workers' control
This site aims to be a virtual open library for the collection and access to infromation, news, documentation and theoretical essays on past and current experiences of workers’ control. The fact that workers have at different times and in different geographical locations taken control, often spontaneously, of their work environment and started production, has a political and theoretical relevance that transcends the workplace and the organisation of production, configuring an alternative way of governing societies. By assuming the autonomous control of their work and denying the cogency of private property, workers, even if temporarily, put upside down the entire structure of capitalist relations of production, opening the room for the reinvention of production under their own control.
It is this intrinsically emancipatory character that makes the knowledge and diffusion of documentation about experiences of workers’ control particularly important and this from both a political and theoretical perspective. In promoting collection and access to this documentation we aim this site could be a stimulus to put workers’ control at the centre of political and trade unions practice and to contribute, in a society dominated by the view that no alternative is possible, to a counter-hegemonic perspective.
The site will depend on the active collaboration of its users. If you have texts about the subject that can be posted, please send them to us.