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(en) Poland: Picket against Bolkestein in Warsaw

Date Sun, 12 Feb 2006 12:14:35 +0200

Today about 80 people gathered for a picket against the proposed EU Bolkestein directive
in the center of Warsaw. The picket was organized by various leftist organizations. Two
sections of the Anarchist Federation were present too, and distributed and read the
following statement of the Polish Anarchist Federation about the directive.
Laure's text about the directive is here:
The directive itself: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/com/pdf/2004/com2004_0002en03.pdf
Some counter-protesters were present (not exceeding 10 people in
total) including liberal conservatives (KOLIBER) and nazi boneheads,
as can be seen here: http://foto-imc-pl.obin.org/bolek



The so-called „Bolkestein Directive" is the last of a long series of
steps on the way towards the complete deconstruction of the welfare
state and the liquidation of the last social privileges in the whole
of the European Union. As anarchists, we don't consider state
guarantees as a solution worth fighting for. We are too aware of the
fact that any victory in the framework of the current system will be
only temporary. We are also aware of the corrupting character of any
government and the ineptitude of bureaucrats who supposedly "stand for
our rights". These characteristics of a the state system mean that a
"welfare state" is only an illusion meant to cure symptoms, but not
the causes and to hide the real interests hidden behind it.

Nonetheless we cannot be silent when the arguments of "greater
competitiveness" and "flexible labour market" are used to the
detriment of masses of workers. This does not only concern purely
social issues but also the reinforcement of the inferior position of
millions of people in the face of structures of power. So-called "free
market" processes are completely unable to ensure healthy,
non-hierarchical norms of social existence, because they reinforce the
position of the strong over the weak. On the long term, these
processes can only mean the levelling to the bottom of the level of
life of workers in all of the EU contries and strengthen the division
between the rulers and the ruled.

We don't have any illusions. We know that a decent social status of
workers will not be achieved durably through laws and actions within
the legal framework of the capitalist system. Nonetheless we have to
express our protest and fight with all available means against the
increasing exploitation of workers. Let's be realists! Let's demand
the impossible! With radical protests we can force the authorities to
give us concessions! Let us not be fooled by empty talk about "common
interests of employers and employees". We want only one thing from the
government and the capitalists: we want them to disappear off the face
of the earth!

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