Workers fight for wage increase at FagorMastercook in Poland, part of the Mondragon capital group.
A work-to-rule strike in underway in Wroclaw's FagorMastercook factory. Despite exceptionally good output, increased exports and a healthy profit, most workers are still taking home a meager 350 euros a month, much lower than wages in other nearby factories and certainly lower than for similar work in other European countries. The strike should last at least til the end of the week.
While the Mondragon corporation enjoys an undeserved reputation as being some sort of cooperative which is fair to workers, its exploitative practices in low-cost labour countries lay all that mythology bare. In addition, FagorMastercook has a history of repressing organized labour.