Film & Discussion: The Contis, the Struggle Continues
The Contis, the Struggle Continues (95 min. 2010) France (free admission)
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.