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(en) Greece, APO: Occupation of the offices of the Commercial Association of Thessaloniki (gr) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:27:18 +0300

This morning took occupation of the Commercial Association of Thessaloniki, against the abolition of the Sunday holiday, the Collegiality anarchists from the east and the Libertarian Thessaloniki Initiative (member of the Anarchist Federation). - The abolition of the Sunday holiday, one of the main objectives of the bosses in the years of capitalist crisis is but one more piece of the overall offensive of capital against the working class. - Within the capitalist crisis, the only way for bosses is the devaluation of labor, intensification in order to increase the "productivity" and it's "development". ---- "Productivity" and "development", two words positively charged by the dominant ideology hiding behind them black and uninsured labor, unemployment, the blackmail of wage slavery, the transformation of people into cogs inevitably trapped in capital flows.

Associations, labor collectives and policies and coordinating action established for that purpose, entered from the first moment in the struggle against the abolition of the Sunday holiday. With strikes, marches and blockades shops on Sundays tried, and often failed, to sabotage the opening of shops and make it clear that none of the gains of workers will not be lost without a fight. Reactions to the Sunday paper, they were and from parts of the established order as the Church (!), SYRIZA, and the Commercial Association. For SYRIZA the situation is more or less known. They exploited as much as possible the resistance movement to come to power. Half years after the election of the "first government of the left" promises to ensure Sunday holidays remained promises.

The Commercial Association reacted supposedly having driven the interests of small traders representing, to protect them from the onslaught of big business. After a series of regressions in recent years, ended in September 2016, to propose and enforce the opening of stores in Thessaloniki 2 Sundays TIF. Thereby made clear and rooftop naive that despite its internal antagonismous- chapter has a uniform strategy and this is the attack on workers' rights.

There were those who had -or still- have the illusion that it is possible to fight together with the regime mikroafentika parties and the interests of workers. The only ones who have reason to join us in this struggle are the workers in trade (the now industry is affected by the measure) to be extorted under threat of dismissal to squander their Sundays to bring more profits to their masters . Are those workers -even though most of them are afraid even to strike them share the same needs and the same solidarity looks every time we make exclusions in shops that work. It is these workers who invite to organize themselves in their struggles and to walk together in order to counterattack our class. The counterattack against Sunday work Sunday, the wage and pension cuts, privatizations, increased cost of living, the flexible working hours, to change the insurance, the continuous devaluation of our workforce.

The fact that we have no illusions about "common interests" of the workers and small entrepreneurs, although the latter argue that "knocked together" of the crisis, means that it will not stoically observe the movements of the bosses. For this reason today, Wednesday 10/05/2016, we capture the offices of the Commercial Association of Thessaloniki as a direct response to the opening of shops on Sundays 2 TIF and as a warning not to happen again in the future. No movement of the bosses will not remain unanswered. We pitch appointment next Sunday the shops are open on November 6.

The fight against Sunday work is part of more comprehensive struggle against state and capital

We will not live like slaves

Collegiality anarchists from east

Libertarian Thessaloniki Initiative (member of the Anarchist Federation)

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