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European Journal

Greece: Workers at the Helm

Workers in Thessaloniki have put a building materials factory back into operation after occupying the site several months ago. The factory's owners had abandoned it two years ago because of financial difficulties.

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The workers now produce all-purpose cleaners and detergents. Because of the economic crisis, there's very little demand for building materials. The cleaning products are sold via solidarity networks. At present, nearly 2,000 factories in Greece stand idle. Even the state television station was shut down recently. The workers from the building materials factory have earned a great deal of recognition, and their products are also in demand abroad.