The caravan started in Thessaloniki and went through various Greek cities, with crowds saluting its passage. It culminated in a joint press conference in Athens on Sunday, April 5th, where Argentinian scholar Andres Ruggeri also had the chance to present his new book on the recuperated enterprises movement of Argentina, recently published in Greek. On April 6th, the caravan marched to the Ministry of Labour (see video), where the minister, Panos Skourletis, was absent, despite having been informed about the arrival of the caravan well in advance. A committee of the caravan met with senior officials of the ministry, who affirmed that they will take any action necessary to ensure the continuation of production at the self-managed factory.
In the meantime, two important court decisions were announced recently, both negative for the struggle of the workers of VIOME for self-management. On the one hand, the workers’ appeal against the bankruptcy of VIOME was rejected, on the grounds that the workers are not legally entitled to make such demand. This is clearly a biased interpretation of the law and a political intervention on behalf of the administrative court.