Richard-Ginori, famous around the world for the production of porcelain, is one of the best known “Made in Italy” names. The firm’s production plant has been in Sesto Fiorentino, near Florence, since 1735. In August 2012, due to the firm’s critical economic condition, all 314 workers at the plant were laid off and on January 7th the Court of Florence declared the company bankrupt.
Manufacturing was closed down. Between January 7th and 15th the 314 workers occupied the plant for a week, in contravention of the Court’s decision. On January 15th, however, the Court declared the plant could be reopened for a provisional period and production, even if reduced, started once again.
The struggle of IKEA workers in Italy goes on.
After a workers’ blockade in front of the IKEA storage in Piacenza was violently cleared on November 2, the protest spread to other cities. Solidarity rallies were organized in Bologna and Piacenza on November 7 and solidarity demonstrations took place on November 10 in front of many Ikea stores all over Italy.
Four workers have been hospitalized after riots took place in front of the gates of the Ikea plant in Piacenza this morning (November 2).
The plant is the Swedish corporation’s main Italian storage centre and its workers are nominally employed by several cooperatives. However, as is often the case in Italy, the name ‘cooperative’ hides a dire reality of exploitation, the ignoring of labour regulations and of national collective agreements.
15,000 Bangladeshi garment workers blockade a key highway in protest at unpaid wages. Meanwhile, bosses at the company – who supply Primark and New Look – are arrested on embezzlement charges in the country’s largest ever corruption case
The last week has seen a series of violent clashes between Bangladeshi garment workers and the police, resulting in over 250 workers being injured.
Workers at the Hallmark Group in Hemayetpur are demanding that arrears in their salaries are paid with immediate effect, and that they receive their annual ‘Eid’ bonus, which is due later this week.
Two incidents of mass unrest at Foxconn factories made worldwide headlines in late September and early October 2012. The leading customer Apple had just released a new version of his main product, the iPhone 5, so work pressure in the factories was high – and so was worldwide attention.
In the evening of September 23, a riot broke out in Foxconn's factory complex in Taiyuan, Shanxi. 2.000 Foxconn workers took part in the riot, many thousands looked on, and 40 people got injured. The rioters smashed shop-windows, set fires on the street, over-turned police cars and demolished company fences.
IASR (Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative from Romania) interviewed by Radio Libertaire at the International Anarchist Gathering in St. Imier, Switzerland.
IASR (Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative from Romania) interviewed by Radio Libertaire (the radio station of the French Anarchist Federation). The interview was taken at the International Anarchist Gathering in St. Imier, Switzerland, which took place between 8-12 August 2012. The interview is in English and French.
Several hundred aluminium workers in Rome have clashed with the police during a protest against the proposed closure of a loss making Sardinian smelting plant.
A meeting was being held in the Industry ministry in Rome, between government officials, union representatives, and company bosses. The workers attempted to storm the building, set off firecrackers, and threw missiles, but they were beaten back by riot police.
It has been reported 20 people (mainly police officers) have suffered minor injuries during the clashes.
On Thursday, approximately sixty unidentified goons carrying hammers broke into the offices of a workers advocacy group in Shenzhen, China.
They ransacked the premises, attacking anyone who tried to prevent them. After removing documents and equipment, and sealed the premises by welding the doors shut.
Terrified workers and onlookers called the police on several occasions, but for some strange reason they never came.
Short piece on the manufacture of accurate time and how the world became a more structured place, a worser one, overnight.
In no characteristic is existing society in the West so sharply distinguished from the earlier societies, whether of Europe or the East, than in its conception of time. To the ancient Chinese or Greek, to the Arab herdsman or Mexican peon of today, time is represented in the cyclic processes of nature, the alternation of day and night, the passage from season to season.