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Solidarity with Flaskô: a Factory Under Workers Control in Brazil

Press Release - Revolution News, May 16, 2014

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Flaskô is the only factory under worker’s control in Brazil, in Sumaré (São Paulo state). The workers have been occupying the factory since the bosses fled the country after the firm went bankrupt.

The factory has been occupied for 11 years, and was inactive for three months after the boss dismissed the workers and sold the machines. The occupation was made after occupations of two other factories (Cipla and Interfibra) of the same business group. In those factories, the state intervened, firing workers and dissolving departments.

The legal insecurity is severe – the machines and tools of the factory are being auctioned by the government – but luckily, there is no buyer.
The desired result of the bureaucratic process is the end of these concerns, and juridical instability of the workers. The former employer’s debts have made the worker’s fight end up necessitating nationalization, but under workers control.

There is a signature campaign online now to force the senators in Brazil to give Flaskô to the workers, and to nationalize it, absolving the workers of the debts accrued by their former criminal employers.

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