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(en) Poland, Workers initiative, For Sroda, the work put in Congress is a way of self-realization. For a 16 / h protection, a change in starvation rate is a must [machine translation]

Date Tue, 3 Jul 2018 09:10:06 +0300

Compulsors of OZZ Employee Initiative ---- The Employee Initiative was supported by cleaners from a Poznan university (hired by a subcontractor) whose employee rights were trodden in a similar way to security guards at the Women's Congress. At the meetings with the university authorities, we heard that these ladies do not belong to the university community, because they are not connected to it by any formal relationship (they are not directly employed by the university). Similarly, the organizers of the Congress of Women describe their relationship with security workers. ---- It is evident that the Congress' technical service workers are not part of the community of women with whom the heads of the Congress of Women would like to act and identify. Their community consists mainly of women from economic and intellectual salons: chiefs, professors, and politicians. Cleaners, waitresses, and bodyguards are a different social class that they really do not have and do not want to have anything in common, which they do not understand, and the fleeting interest in her problems is façade.The lack of understanding between the two groups is evidenced by M. Sroda's reply to the text by M. Swietlik, as well as the canalization of the discussion on labor rights to the so-called "Social Center", while strategic discussions about economy and politics took place somewhere else (in the shadow office). For Sroda, the work put in KK is the next step at the career level, strengthening its good position in the social hierarchy and the way to self-fulfillment. For a bodyguard, a 16-hour change at a starvation rate in unbearable conditions, taken on the verge of exhaustion[as physical as mental]is a necessity to have a living for, an economic compulsion. It is not the bodyguards that are responsible for the conditions of their work.

Kapitalistyczna gospodarka opiera sie na wyzysku kobiet - najczesciej nieformalnym - bo opartym na darmowej i niskoplatnej pracy, z czego korzystaja gospodarcze elity. Szefowe z Kongresu Kobiet po raz kolejny potwierdzaja, ze nimi wlasnie sa.

KK bosses explain the exploitation of the technical service with organizational requirements and the lack of funds. The journalist supporting the Congress managed to even bring the problem of the bodyguards' accusation to underfunding the NGO sector. The solution would be to redirect an even bigger cash to the pockets of Henryka Bochniarz, Magdalena Sroda or Dorota Warakomska. At the same time, there is a high probability that the working conditions of the worst beneficiaries serving KK would not improve. This also applies to panellists and numerous volunteers taking part in the organization of the event. However, it is something else to participate in KK as an activist, and what is more, mercenary work carried out on behalf of KK.

KK organizers introduce a clear division of labor and the privileges available to them[vip space], expressing contempt for technical workers. This means that the establishment of the "Social Center" within the CC, panels on the precarious condition of employees are purely image-related activities. They do not translate into the actual practices of Congress and the division of labor based on exploitation, which KK upholds and presents as natural and necessary. As a consequence of this division, the majority of women are drudging under inhumane conditions so that a few could achieve political success. As a reminder, the real purpose of KK is not to abolish exploitation and quota as well as to increase the access of privileged women to the "male" political sphere.

Volunteers and security guards employed for starvation rates are not working for the actual equality, but for the success of organizers of the Congress and fulfillment of their political ambitions. KK does not represent all women. Usually, those who proclaim that they represent everyone above class divisions actually push the interests of the privileged class. The composition of the KK shadow cabinet, presented on the KK website, indicates that the minister of employment would be a person who previously held the position of a director for strategic development at the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan. This would suggest that KK is of the opinion that employers will best represent the interests of employees.

My stoimy na stanowisku, ze jesli dolne warstwy spoleczne maja dokonac emancypacji, to potrzebuja ruchu kobiecego nie zacierajacego podzialów klasowych.

The myth of supra-class unity serves to cover up their position and cool down potential outbursts of dissatisfaction. In the case of Congress, it is difficult to abstract from the conflicting interests of different social classes. You can not represent both employers and employees, owners and tenants, privileged elites and the majority of female employees. Conflict of interest is inevitable. This is due to the experiences of the labor movement, tenants - that is, women co-creating the Social Congress of Women, which took place in March this year. in Poznan. SKK is created by force, determination of women involved in the workers 'and tenants' movement. Employees of crèches, public institutions, logistic warehouses and other workplaces as well as tenants of municipal and private dwellings spoke on it. There was no doubt for them that the Congress of Women does not represent their interests. It has been articulated by them indirectly.

We hope that at the next Social Congress of Women (will be held in Poznan in autumn), the voice will be taken by the bodyguards, who, together with other women, will discuss how to fight exploitation.

The article appeared on the website www.codziennikfeministyczny.pl

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