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(en) Slovakia, Neusiedler SCP workers struggle continues!

From Priama Akcia - IWA Slovakia <pa_intersec@yahoo.com>
Date Fri, 12 Nov 2004 10:49:52 +0100 (CET)


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PROTEST MEETING
On Monday 9th November a protest meeting of Neusiedler SCP workers in Ruzomberok
took place (see the first international appeal to support the workers at
http://www.ainfos.ca/ainfos336/ainfos15863.html in English and
http://anarchosyndikalismus.org/priama_akcia01.htm in
German). The meeting took place in a neighbourhood unit with around 110 participant
which was a very low number. There were workers from NSCP (some of them
with masked faces), students, pensioners... The representatives of the new
union Papier think the low number was because of the stewards who harrassed the
workers in the morning and made disciplinary reports on workers.

After the meeting around 60 people walked to the seat
of the company 300 metres away and the people from
Papier wanted to hand their demands to the boss. They
were said that no-one from the management is there.
However, not more than 2 hours later they had a call
from the spokesperson who said that they thought more
people would come (they were afraid of strike) and
that all the management was in the building of course
and they just parked their cars in the back of the
building. Also, a man from the building took pictures
of the workers.

The sacked NSCP workers will now try to establish
Community council that should deal not only with the
union issue but also issues like homelessness in the
area and they want this way to gain solidarity in the
community. Also, they will try to strengthen the
communication with the people inside the mill. (The
first meeting of Community council is on Thursday
11th.)

AND WHAT FOLLOWED

On Tuesday 10th November the union sent the management
an appeal to negotiate. They gave them ultimatum till
20:00. The managment reacted this way - they said that
it is up to Papier to negotiate new collective
agreement together with original union and if the
unions come to agreement the management will negotiate
then (this is according to law). However, the original
union representative said that Papier’s demands are
not concrete and they should make them clearer.

In case unions make no agreement the company will
negotiate with the union who has more members. Now it
is not clear which union it is...

So, although it seems one of the demands of the
workers was fulfilled (accepting Papier union), the
management didn’t say anything about fullfilment of
other demands (immediate stop of lay-offs, revoking of
the notices of the employees who engaged in new unions
and readmission of the Petition committee members...).

ACT NOW!

We think it is important to continue in international
pressure on the company. Continue to send protest
emails and faxes to following addresses:

Director of the mill in Ruzomberok:
miloslav.curilla@neusiedler.com
tel: +421 44 4325724
fax: +421 44 432 7701
Spokesperson (very arrogant man):
hovorca@neusiedler.com

You can write something nice also to the original
union´s representative: jozef.chovanec@neusiedler.com
and let them how far they are from real union position
and that ignoring the Petition committee is a scandal.


And of course, support emails to Papier union:
noveodbory@post.sk

(If possible, please, send us always a copy of what
you send).

It is needed to let the company know that they didn’t
fulfill workers demands and thus you will continue in
international solidarity and even more actions.

Also, it would be very good if you do some pickets or
other actions in front of Neusiedler offices around
the globe!!! See
http://www.neusiedler.com/2004/www/getFile.php?id=30&sprache=1.
Or when you send a protest email to Slovakia, perhaps
it would be nice to send it also to all the Neusiedler
contacts and mthe Slovak management a hard time
explaining what´s going on to the rest of the branches
representatives!:)
Furthermore, Neusiedler is owned by South African
based Mondi Paper (they own for example aslo Aylesford
Newsprint in UK) but they have no offices outside SA
written on their website http://www.mondipaper.co.za.
So, perhaps this could be another target.

Demand the company to immediately make readmission of
the sacked workers and if they say they accepted
Papier then to let them enter the mill (as a union
they have a right to make controls no matter if they
work there or not). Simply, the company has to fulfill
the workers demands now! You can tell them that if
not, you will organise a boycott campaign against
Neusiedler and Mondi paper worldwide!

Do know that the workers were very glad for the
international support and they think it help to move
the struggle further!

In solidarity,
Michal Tulik, International secretary of Priama akcia
(Direct action – International Workers Association in Slovakia)


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