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(en) NEWS FROM WORKERS' INITIATIVE POLAND

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 13 Jul 2004 12:54:34 +0200 (CEST)


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Here are some news from the Workers Initiative translated by Poznan.
In case you wonder what "All-Polish" means, it means "countrywide". Z.
All-Polish action - Nestlé boycott
http://paspartoo.w.interia.pl/goplana.htm
NOT TOO GOOD WITH CONFORMITY OF WORKERS RIGHTS IN POLAND
http://paspartoo.w.interia.pl/workers%20rights.htm
WORKERS\' PROTESTS IN POLAND FROM MAY TO JUNE 2004
http://paspartoo.w.interia.pl/workers%20protests.htm
THE TRIAL OF EX-WORKERS OF McDonald\'s BEGAN
http://paspartoo.w.interia.pl/mc.htm

HUNGER STRIKE OF RAILWAYMEN IN BIALYSTOK
http://paspartoo.w.interia.pl/pkp.htm

PROTEST IN WROCLAW.
"JEDYNKA" FACTORY
http://paspartoo.w.interia.pl/jedynka.htm
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From their web page:
http://paspartoo.w.interia.pl/index.htm
Workers' Initiative of Anarchist Federation Poland

Declaration of the Workers' Initiative

Today workers are often unorganized, divided, don't have contact
with each other, are being intermediated and have abandoned all
faith in their own strengths. Trade unions are losing their
meaning. This situation is beneficial for employers who are using
protection of state's administration and it's means of coercion.
Alliance (often of corruption nature) between political power in
the state and economical one in economics is aimed against all
workers. Its goal is to sustain social division. Rich, privileged in
every way minority which has access to ownership, power and
means of indoctrination is thriving and is multiplying its wealth
thanks to the work of majority.

That hierarchical social structure is the cause of most problems
experienced in everyday life of workers in the whole world,
touched by mass unemployment, lowering of salaries, returning
to slavery work, employing children, poverty and starvation.

The interest of employers not only from small businesses but also
from huge, international corporations is to consolidate existing
order, which ensures their ease to exploit employed persons, and
in the case of corporations also exploitation of local communities.
True change can only come when workers will stop believing that
employers, owners of multi-corporations and managers are
working in the interest of society.

We are struggling for restoring control of our own lives, not only
in the working place but also in the space of inhabitance. We are
struggling for completely different aspect of the world because we
are convinced that capitalism similarly to the state socialism is
un-reformable. There is a need for deep social, economical and
political changes.

Our movement is also reaction to corrupted and extremely
politically-oriented trade unions. We must abandon the necessity
of leaders existence - too often they have betrayed the cause that
they initially where fighting for. We are for direct democracy from
below as a form of organizing the movement of workers' protest.
The goal of Workers' Initiative (WI) is not to manage the struggle
of workers but only mobilizing them for independent struggle for
improvement of living conditions and liberation from oppression
of any power.

We declare against political action and using workers' movement
for political goals and current interests of political parties. We are
supporting engagement of workers' movement in local matters
aiming at restoring authentic self-governance. We see the need
for international solidarity of union and workers' movement. We
declare for direct action and especially manifestations, strikes and
boycotts carried on in legal and illegal ways as the most effective
but not only weapon in struggle for workers' privileges and
radically democratic society. We see that there is a great need to
restore the cultural autonomy of labor world as a countermeasure
for mass-culture and its offer of consumption life-style.

WI is an agreement of all for whom workers' matters are close.
We are a group struggling for workers' privileges repelling in its
actions and ideas to the tradition of anarcho-syndicalist
movement. Those organized in WI are undertaking an effort to
establish workers' movement based on voluntary,
self-management from below - a movement that would be able to
go beyond the divisions between workers and altogether with
solidarity be able to efficiently struggle for their rights and for a
full control of their working place. By active participations in
protesting actions, cooperation and supporting the strikes we are
trying to carry solidarity help and actively present our ideas.

WI is functioning on the principles of federation, i.e. voluntary
organization of persons in which every participant has equal right
to decide about affairs that concern him. Anyone who accepts the
statements above can be a participant of WI. WI has its
participants and well-wishers in all bigger Polish cities and
cooperates with works councils of many trade unions.



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