occupations

Occupy Cinecittà

Workers of the Italian film industry protest as the famous studios of Cinecittà in Rome face closure after a disastrous privatization. President Luigi Abete plans to transform the studios in a theme park; the workers, instead, occupied the site and transformed it into a space of resistance. They are protesting against its mismanagement, while also denouncing the lack of proper support to Italian cinema and its workforce.

Since it’s foundation in 1937 Cinecittà has been synonymous with Italian Cinema. Particularly during the post-war period the films made by the studio created the mystique of the “dolce vita” that still shapes the stereotypical image of Italy abroad.

Manhattan bakery workers fight-back against union busting bosses

The largely immigrant workforce at the Hot and Crusty bakery on 63rd and 2nd avenue in Manhattan, sick of working for abusive bosses, and for less than the minimum wage, voted to form an independent association and register with the National Labour Relations Board.

The owners of Hot and Crusty decided to sack all the workers and close the bakery, rather than allow workers to participate in any kind of union activity. They then planned to wait for a short period of time and then re-open the bakery with a new set of non-unionised workers.

Workers occupy coal mine in Sardinia

Workers occupy coolmine in Sulcis, one of the poorest regions of Sardinia, to protest poverty and demand state aid in order to restart production. The occupation has been ongoing since August 26 and its pool of supporter is growing stronger.

On August 26 at night around 30 workers went down to 373 meters deep in their mine in Gonnesa, Sulcis. The province of Carbonia-Iglesias, in the South East side of Sardinia, in 2009 turned out to be the poorest of the entire country. Its economy is based on coal mines and on sheep-breeding. Both sectors are going through an harsh crisis.

Italian miners barricade themselves underground with 350kg of explosives to prevent pit closure

100 Sardinian workers in Italy's only coal mine have barricaded themselves into the Carbosulcis mine overnight, with 350kg of company explosives. The occupation comes ahead of a government meeting to decide the future of the pit.

The mine has a history of worker's occupations, having previously been occupied in 1984, 1993, and 1995, when it was occupied for 100 days.

The mine has decreased in productivity in recent years, and the workers want to see the mine diversified into a combined mining and carbon capture site, instead of being closed altogether.

Spanish workers occupy a Duke’s estate and turn it into a farm

Earlier this week in Andalusia, hundreds of unemployed farmworkers broke through a fence that surrounded an estate owned by the Duke of Segorbe, and claimed it as their own. This is the latest in a series of farm occupations across the region within the last month.

Their aim is to create a communal agricultural project - similar to other occupied farms, in order to and breathe new life into a region that has an unemployment rate of over 40%

Sacked Remploy workers occupy the company head office

Earlier today a group of sacked Remploy workers occupied the companies head offices in Leicester

A spokesperson for the group said that:

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“Today, ex Remploy employees who were casually sacked last week, are occupying Remploy's head office, Remploy House, 18c Meridian East, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1WZ demanding to see a Director to try to get answers to questions that have so far remained unanswered.

Police in Chile violently evict children from occupied schools

School children across Santiago have occupied schools and blocked roads as part of a protest movement for education reform. The Chilean police refer to the children as 'hooded vandals' , and have violently removed them from the occupied schools.

Police in Chile have arrested 139 school children who had been occupying secondary schools and blocking roads in the capital, Santiago. Police in full riot gear violently evicted the school children, but some still remain occupied.

According to a police inspector, they were met with:

Workers' control

A pamphlet by the Syndicalist Workers' Federation on the meaning of workers' control, its incompatability with the state and its history (1959).

Pisa: the "Nuova Periferia Polivalente" has opened!

After being left derelict and neglected for 6 years, during which the only intervention by the local authorities has been the building of a wall around the old changing rooms which turned them into a dangerous sewer, Pisa’s sports centre Polisportiva della Fontina has come back to life, and being put to use by hundreds of people of all ages who want a space to hang out and practice sports freely.

The centre has been revamped thanks to the work and donations of hundreds of local volunteers coming from all backgrounds: it’s been a month and a half of hard work, of weeding and clearing up, cutting down plants that had spread to the pavements, cleaning and renovating.

The occupation of the factories: Paris 1936, Flint 1937

Striking workers, Paris, 1936.

Interesting article comparing two waves of factory occupations that took place little more than six months apart and fundamentally changed boss-worker relations in their countries.