Air to Breathe

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Air To Breathe - 40 Years of Oposition At Opel in Bochum
is a film about a group of militant workers inside the Opel car plant in Bochum, Germany. The group was founded in 1972, initially with the help of revolutionaries from the 1968 movement.

For over 40 years, the group fought for better working conditions inside the plant. Over time, their incessant rank-and-file activism made the workers in Bochum the most radical in the entire German metal sector: Opel Bochum saw several wildcat strikes, and a persistent and successful fight for the reduction of daily working time. The group even attempted to build up direct links between different workforces of General Motors in Europe to fight back against the raise-to-the-bottom of wages and working conditions in a situation of worldwide competition for investments amongst GM plants.

Their activities culminated in a six days wildcat strike in 2004.

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Posted By

Johanna Schellhagen
May 4 2020 12:34


  • It was part of your lives to be involved in the struggles of the Opel workforce, for over 40 years.

    Roland Müller-Heidenreich, militant Opel worker,

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