Strike-Bikes

September 27, 2007 at 8:47 pm 3 comments

Strike-Bike
A comrade just sent this:

Staff of occupied bicycle factory in the Thuringian Nordhausen take up production inself-management again. Now they proudly present: The Strike Bike -Solidarity-Bikes from Nordhausen

The 135 colleagues of the bicycle factory Bike Systems GmbH in the Thuringian Nordhausen, who have kept the factory occupied since 10th of July 2007, decided to resume the production of bicycles in self-management. For this aim 1,800 binding orders on bicycles must be received till 2nd of October. So the collegues are working together
with the anarcho-syndicalist union FAU (Freie Arbeiterinnen- und Arbeiter-Union Free Workers-Union), which formed for this campaign the internetpage www.strike-bike.de . Since more than two month the staff keep the factory in the south of Harz Mountains in three shifts occupied. They want to prevent the definite dismantling and sale of the factory. The file for bankruptcy from 10th of august is against long odds: The factory is exploited and run down, the hall was emptied except for the coating line. The staff receives unemployment compensation and hopes for a new concept and a new investor. In the time of occupation and in the wake of discussions during the visits of solidary people, the colleagues of the factory developed the idea to initially take up the production in self-management for a short time. Because it’s not the point to only prevent the evacuation of the last machines and to wait for a new investor, the idea of an own “Strike-Bike” met with more and more response. Now the opportunity arises to show the ability to develop an own concept and to self-manage production and distribution. If it goes well to collect 1,800 advance orders for the bicycles produced in self-direction, we spread
solidary ideas and bolster the colleagues in similar situations, not to let
themselves easily being restructured to zero. By whomsoever! More Information and
the complete press-release can be received at:
http://www.strike-bike.de/1/index.php?&hl=en_US .
For background informations and history of the occupation (only in German language):
www.labournet.de/branchen/sonstige/fahrzeug/bikesystems.html
Further backgrounds and the history of the conflict in English you can find in the
article The story so far an obvious lie! by anarcho-syndicalist union FAU
(Freie Arbeiterinnen- und Arbeiter-Union Free Workers-Union)

To get in contact with the staff and to take orders
Bikes in Nordhausen e.V.
c/o. Andr Kegel,
Bruno-Kunze-Str. 39
99734 Nordhausen
Telefon: 03631 – 622 124 and 03631 – 403 591
Fax: 03631 – 622 170
eMail: fahrradwerk@gmx.de

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fahrradkauf mit guten Gewissen « !anaj ,em s’taht  |  September 28, 2007 at 11:17 am

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  • 2. Collette  |  October 2, 2007 at 12:30 am

    How close are they to 1800 orders?

    With 1800 orders, will the factory remain?
    Will they pay back rent to the owners?
    I wish we could have more information on the logistics and finances, so we can more clearly assess the situation.

    Reply
  • 3. skunkcabbage  |  October 2, 2007 at 3:56 am

    I wish I had more information, too. Sorry!!

    Reply

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