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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:28

2. The Struggle

The Struggle is the second chapter of the comic We Want Everything based on the book of the same name by Nanni Ballerini (you can see the first chapter, the North, here).

In this chapter we watch the first days of the hero in FIAT, his fierce relationship with the hierarchy (foremen, managers and guards), the work in the chain and the first mobilization of the workers that led to a demonstration and strike (chapters FIAT and THE STRUGGLE in the book).

The main problem that I have encountered in this part must be my lack of knowledge of details of the "geography" of the Mirafiori plant, but also of the equipment and actual work in the chain during that period (1969). Perhaps some of the readers of the comic will feel that the hero's reactions are not fully justified by his treatment by the FIAT hierarchy. It is our huge distance from that period (temporal but mostly mental) and our igonarance about the actual working conditions in the chain of factories (the mental  and physical fatigue of repetitive movements, the constant stress of time (and not "sinking" ending each piece at the next position of the chain), the pressure for procuctivity etc. It is a problem possibly that i will have during the whole comic -I've already thought of some solutions and I will try to see what fits best.

Next chapters will be "Autonomy" (Book: "The Wage", "The Companions" and "The Autonomy"), "The Assembly" (same) and "The Rebellion" (same).

Additional Info

  • Medium: Pencils, pens and digital corrections
  • Date: 2018

Now in Bookstores

We Want Everything

the publications of colleagues, Nov. 2021

Summer of 1969, Italy. A year after May '68, FIAT workers began a dynamic and unmediated strike against their powerful boss. Their struggle marked the beginning of a decade of workers' and students' mobilizations and the rise of the Autonomy movement. It was characterized by many as the last invasion of the working class into the sky. Last ... let's hope until the next one ...

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