The river Thames is a hive of activity, with river cruises and pleasure boats ferrying visitors, river bus services used by locals and high-speed RIB tours for thrill-seekers – it’s also a working river with all sorts of container vessels passing under the world’s most famous bridge on a daily basis.
The camera focuses on the famous London bridge, as red buses, London cabs and more than 40,000 people a day cross.
Night has fallen already but discussions continue passionately, faces half lit by the camera’s artificial light allowing Maria to film our exchanges. In July 2011, workers (organised notably thanks to the union present in the factory) decided with a very large majority (97.5% approved at the General Assembly) to occupy the factory.
The workers reopened it in February 2013 as a social cooperative, under the name of Vio. This is the first self-managed cooperative in Greece.
Me, the factory itself still being part of its mother company.
Multiplying workers’ cooperatives all over Europe and the world The Vio.
Workers have proven them wrong: they have already started to put the company back on its feet, but more importantly, they’ve done opened the way for a radical change not only in Greece but in Europe and in the world by setting a powerful precedent for workers, against any type of exploitation and for new work structures, more democratic and fair.
Just get a little bungalow on a quiet stretch of beach, and just alternate between buffets on the beach, buffets in the bedroom, and great party at night every night.
They now succeeded in being recognised as a “social cooperative”, with an official charter, a VAT number, etc.
However, the ownership of the factory still creates legal insecurity, as only tools and machines belong to Vio.
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