“Sweaters without a boss” is the slogan of Özgür Kazova Tekstil Co-op. The manager of Kazova Textile Factory in Şişli had disappeared without paying the salaries of the workers. In response, the workers started a boycott in February, 2013.
The boycott lasted for a while. Then, the workers repaired the machines that the manager could not take away. This boycott turned into a cooperative in time. They have been producing sweaters “without a boss” since November 17, 2014.
It is stated each product that one buys contributes to the co-op and helps it develop. The co-op is managed only by workers.
The products of Kazova is sold in Beyoğlu-Muaf and in Kadıköy-Son Gemi. They also started to sell their products on a online shopping platform.
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Photo Credits: Steffen Zahn