Tsipras eyes mea­sures for work­ers to run failed firms

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The main op­po­si­tion SYRIZA party plans to sub­mit a pro­posal to Par­lia­ment soon sug­gest­ing that work­ers at com­pa­nies that go bank­rupt should be pro­vided in­cen­tives to run the firms them­selves, left­ist leader Alexis Tsipras said dur­ing a visit to Thes­sa­loniki yes­ter­day.

Tsipras made the com­ments while meet­ing with em­ploy­ees at the Vio.Me in­dus­trial min­er­als fac­tory in the north­ern port city. Work­ers took over pro­duc­tion at the fac­tory ear- lier this month af­ter their em­ployer was no longer able to pay them. The SYRIZA leader said their self-man­age­ment ini­tia­tive was a use­ful “pi­lot scheme” that could be repli­cated else­where to com­bat un­em­ploy­ment.

Tsipras pro­posed changes to leg­is­la­tion to make it eas­ier for work­ers to run bank­rupt firms as a co­op­er­a­tive and to en­sure that own­ers’ per­sonal prop­erty is seized when their com­pa­nies go out of busi­ness.

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