[Marxism] Bicycle factory occupation in Germany

Joonas Laine jjonas at nic.fi
Wed Oct 10 07:09:35 MDT 2007

Maybe german-speaking people on the list might be able to tell more.


Strike-Bike Campaign writes history

Andre Kegel

Yesterday morning the goal was achieved: 1800 Strike-Bikes are ordered, 
the campaign was finished ahead of time. All bikes are sold out.

So the collegues of the bicycle factory in Nordhausen and the supporting 
anarchosyndicalist union "Freie Arbeiterinnen- und Arbeiter-Union" (FAU) 
made history. Never before in the FRG (Federal Republic of Germany) 
self-managed production in an occupied factory took place.

In the next days the collegues will order the production-necessary 
parts. The production starts at the 23rd of October and in the beginning 
of november the "Strike-Bike" will be delivered to the solidary orderers.

The success of this direct action was possible through the unexpected 
drive of the solidary campaign. Within less than two weeks after 
publication of the aim to produce the "Strike-Bikes" in self-management, 
the campaign became an issue for social and union movements worldwide. 
The staff received orders from nearly all european countries as well as 
e.g. Egypt, USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Israel.

Solidarity statements and euphoric feedback found their way from nearly 
all parts of the world to Nordhausen and to the FAU. And at the latest 
since two days, the news coverage goes far beyond alternative media. 
Yesterday there were several minutes long reports on all main german TV 
channel (ARD, ZDF, SAT 1, RTL), more then two hundred germanspeaking 
newspaper published news, more than 50 newspaper with own 
investigations. The news agencies DDP, AP and Reuters produced yesterday 
several updated own news, with reference to the webpage of the campaign. 
There were also TV reports in France, Holland, Switzerland and Austria. 
A press review is available at the campaign-webpage.

In Nordhausen the collegues are still overwhelmed from the dimension of 
worldwide solidarity. All-around they are referred to as path-breaking 
examples. And slowly also the main actors get aware, that with their 
courage and solidarity they will write history.

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