The Contis, the Struggle Continues (95 min. 2010) France
By Philippe Clatot
In Spring 2009, more than 1000 workers at the Continental factory in Clairoix, France, are told their plant will close for “economic reasons” with the permanent loss of their jobs. The workers begin to organize to defend their jobs and keep the plant open, and are infuriated that the company would destroy their livelihood.
Xavier Mathieu, a worker representative from the CGT union said, “Until now they have seen the Continental lambs. From now on, we are lions! We have been restrained for five weeks, now we will let loose,” They begin to organize and begin to learn the lessons from the past as they struggle to fight back. They fail to save the factory but win 50,000 euros for each worker.
On the Art of War (85 min. 2010) Italy
By Silvia Luzi & Luca Bellino
In Milan 2009, Italian metal workers at the INNSE factory are faced with permanent joblessness if the factory is dismantled and the land is turned over to property developers. It is the last active factory left in Milan, and four workers climb 20 meters to occupy a crane in the factory. They also threaten to commit suicide unless the dismantling of the factory is stopped, and their jobs are protected.
The factory is surrounded by police as well as their supporters, who have traveled from throughout the country to back their right to a job.
They are prepared to give their lives to stop the destruction of their jobs by the corporate interests, who are looking to profit from liquidating their factory.
See also: http://www.laborfest.net/2013/2013Films.htm#f12 http://www.laborfest.net/2013/2013schedule.htm