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On the strike and strike outbreak at Opel:

Twofold lesson "Between ¡4"' anelli" October 2004, workers at the Opel factory in Bochum took to the streets in protest against threatened mass redundancies.

On the strike and strike outbreak at Opel:

On the strike and strike outbreak at Opel:
Twofold lesson “Between ¡4″‘ anelli” October 2004, workers at the Opel factory in Bochum took to the streets in protest against threatened mass redundancies.
This strike action was initiated and maintained without and against trade union management.
Management at IG Metall and the top dogs of the Opel works conned were against this autonomous strike from the outset. With the backing of various politicians such as Schartau, Clement and Schröder, they tried the stir up the fear that a strike would bring about the permanent shutdown of I he plant. The capitalists’ attempts at intimidation – including threats of instant dismissal and damage claims did not deter the workers at Opel The strike was successfully prolonged for seven days despite the attempts of the worker aristocrats of i he works council committee to turn workers against themselves. It wasn’t until 21s’ October that they finally managed to break up the strike, operating jointly with the capitalists with the aid of an undemocratic ballot. A twofold lesson is clear from all of this: Firstly, the strike demonstrated (he enormous strength of the workers who fought autonomously. On the other hand, it also showed (he tremendous power of trade union management and its apparatus to pacify workers in the service of the capitalists. ” After İt was revealed that some 12.000 jobs would be cut al Opel in Europe – 3.500 of these in Bochum – some 3,000 workers in Bochum went on strike, which is deemed illegal by German labour law.
Trade union barons, politicians and worker aristocrats against the strike “Right from die very first day, striking workers were confronted by a united front consisting of trade union leaders, politicians and works council bureaucrats, all of whom agreed on (he following: Regardless of everything else, pro duction Piad to continue. ” Solidarity with striking colleagues “Solidarity with (he workers … is huge.., Local people especially showed their support… whole school classes came … And colleagues from other factories and other industries … On a ‘day of solidarity’ organised across Europe, 50,000 workers from General Motors came out in protest…” How the strike ended A ballot took place in a works meeting sie ward ed by plant security, in which workers were not allowed to speak:
“The ballai paper is a clever trick. On il ap peared the following question: ‘Should the works council continue negotiations with man age men! and production be resumed?’ …(he op tion of negotiating while at the same time re maining on strike was not on offer. ” Only ] .759 workers from a total of 6.463 voted in favour of the strike.

The fight to save jobs at Opel is not over!

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