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(en) Sweden, Malmö, SAC* blockad entrance of Fosie (cityadministration)

Date Sun, 23 Jul 2006 09:51:45 +0300

The 21/7 a section of SAC* in Malmö in the south of Sweden were for the
ninth time blockading the entrance of Fosie stadsdelsförvaltning
(cityadministration). It was part of a the fight between the employer
and the section where two workers have been fired after protesting
against the workingenvironment. The police brutally attacked the
blockade. In Sweden it is illegal for the police to intervene against
unionist activity of this kind.
At 06.30 am 80 strikeguards had assembled to watch so the blockade would
not be broken by employees that wanted to go to work.
At 07.30 am the citypolice attacked the blockade by tearing the guards
of their pickets. The intervene was brutal. A number of guards was
assaulted at the same time as the police used pepperspray on
strikeguards that did not want to state their date of birth or stood
still in the blockade. A nurse on duty who were supervising the blockade
were arrested when the police were urged to bring one of the guards to
the closest health centre. Six people were totally arrested, where one
were almost unconscious because of the pepperspray.

The police in command refused to state his name to the union or the
journalists, but said he had 629 as his number (every police have a
number in sweden). A number of times the police prevented journalists
and photographers to do their jobs and one police threatened to send a
dog on a person who was filming.

– We are enormously surprised with the polices acting. The police have
not struck down a union fight this brutually since the thirtees, a guard
says. The measures are legally foreboded and the institute mediate in
this kind of situation between the union and the empoyers in Sweden have
approved. Unions right to take action against empoyers is protected in
the swedish constitution.

The blockade was a result of negotiating that have been taking place but
did not result in anything. It was about the working environment at a
LSS-accommodation (LSS-accommodation is a place where intellectually
handicapped people can stay and get the necessary service they need ) in
Malmö that belongs to Fosie SDF. The cityadministration and the
negotiater for Malmöcity have appeared totally uninterested to solve the
conflict though negotiating and have refused to listen to their
empoyees. Instead Fosie keep transfering empoyees and threatening to
transfer people who oppose them.

The union have sued Fosie SDF/Malmö Stad in the i laborcourt. The
polices attack against the action will be reported to JO (Parliamentary
Ombudsman) and individual polices will be reported to the police.

Small films and photos can from the blockade can be seen on

*Anarchosyndicalist union in Sweden
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