A Preview of the Future – Workers’ Control in the Context of a Global Systemic Crisis

Oliver Ressler, Dario Azzellini


One of the ‘concrete utopias’, as Ernst Bloch called them, realistic possible concepts for a better world, that can already be found in the here and now, are ‘recuperated companies’. Focusing on the examples of the worker-controlled factories RiMaflow in the industrial periphery of Milan and Officine Zero in Rome this text allows a glimpse of how society could be organised differently. The occupied or recuperated workplace becomes a space in which new social relations are developed and practised: reliability, mutual help, solidarity among the participants and solidarity with others, participation and equality are some characteristics of the new social relations built. The workers of the recuperated factories recognise themselves in each other and consider themselves to be part of a broader movement.

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social transformation, recuperated companies, worker’s control, crisis, factory occupations, self-management, fraudulent bankruptcy, ‘open factory’, assemblies, recycling, self-administration, direct democracy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1344/regac2016.1.08

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