The Forja auto plant lies dormant after Menem’s crucial choices. The employees take action and form a new movement of workers who are occupying their own bankrupt businesses, which create jobs for the recently unemployed. Freddy Espinoza the president of La Forja joined with co-workers in hopes of bringing their factory back to life without a boss making all the decisions. The worker’s plan was to have a democratic organization where everyone votes on all decisions, not just one person making the choices. Their biggest inspiration on the movement was the Zanon Ceramics factory. The factory has been worker controlled for just over two years at this time, and succeeded in everything they had strived for. Just like Zanon becoming a successful cooperative business, some Canadian cooperative businesses have become very successful and well known. Agropur, a dairy company providing their products to name-bran yogurts and ice cream companies, is a very successful cooperative business. Even though Canada is mostly a neoliberalism country, abiding by the rules of having...
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...t taking “no” as an answer. If there is one thing that the Forja workers taught people is that nothing in life will come easy. If Canada had this attitude we would be a lot further in our economic life. Social justice is not necessarily the key to everything, but it is a start.
Falconer, D. (2013, September 20). 'Theme 1: Social Protest Against Globalization/Neoliberalism.’ Lecture conducted in 'Introduction to Social Justice, 38-101' from the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
Falconer, D. (2013, September 24). 'Theme 1: Social Protest Against Globalization/Neoliberalism.’ Lecture conducted in 'Introduction to Social Justice, 38-101' from the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
Falconer, D. (2013, November 5). 'Theme 5: Work’ Lecture conducted in 'Introduction to Social Justice, 38-101' from the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
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