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(en) [Patras] Gathering at Goody's against layoffs and employer terrorism By APO [machine translation]

Date Wed, 9 Oct 2019 12:19:46 +0300

"On April 11, 2019, workers' base unions in the distribution sector in Ioannina (SWEDI) and Athens (SWEDI) are on strike. A strike that has allowed countless colleagues and colleagues to collectively and claim their stature against the ever-increasing employer arbitrariness they experience every day ... ---- This strike marked the culmination of a perpetual class war between two opposing interests, the employer and the worker. And, as expected, the bosses would respond with retaliation. In Athens, about a month later, the Goody's are carrying out two vindictive and unjustified layoffs of strikers and members of SWEDS at its parent branches in Alexandria and Agia Paraskevi, employees who were the main claimants of class interests on a daily basis.
The same aggressive strategy applies a few days later to a Goody's store in Ioannina, despite being a franchise[1], to a colleague who dared to claim his rights by striking. Rather, the employer of this branch ignores all the legal obligations it has on its employees. Typically, arbitrariness has reached another level, with no legal nightly pay increases, public holidays, and bonuses and gifts. In addition, management imposes off-the-shelf work forcing distributors to hone in and service, while unpaid overtime has become a habit. And the answer to whomever is unions are the unjust and revenge redundancies. It makes no impression, therefore, that the workers are massively resigning from Goody's in Ioannina, refusing to experience the conditions of the galley imposed upon them.

From the announcement of the Ioannina Distribution Workers Base Association

Workplace accidents, inadequate security measures, the constant extortion of unemployment with armies of the unemployed and underemployed living in poverty and social exclusion, layoffs, the abolition of collective agreements, wage and pension cuts, low wages and salaries Hunger wages, the abolition of Sunday holidays, excruciating working conditions, and excruciating hours are factors that make up today's working reality. A reality complemented by the overt infringement of any labor and social acquis. The frenzied attack on any form of organization and claim contributes to this.

In the face of the strike of the strike's acquis communautaire, the criminalization of trade unionism and every form of struggle, in the attempt to depreciate and disarm the strike so that the strike becomes a weapon again in the hands of the workers. In the face of the depreciation of unionism as a form of struggle, to fight to make it dangerous again. In the face of widespread terrorism and repression, in conditions of slavery and misery imposed by the state and bosses at work, there is another way. The road of worker organization, resistance, contention and socio-class struggle. The workers themselves, the unemployed, the youth, the locals and the immigrants, knowing our real needs, have to take our lives in our hands, organize and fight, With class unions and workers' initiatives to shape the militant trade unionism of the base and to claim that it belongs to us, far from the trade union elites who have a complementary role in employment.

Although this option may seem difficult, especially in today's circumstances, it is the only one that can give perspective to our struggles and make them victorious, breaking the wider climate of employer arbitrariness and dishonesty. Connect and reinvigorate individual social and class resistances for permanent and stable work, for better pay and better working conditions, for access to the social goods of housing, care, education, for the protection of labor and social rights, for protection of nature, with the overall and timely social and political demand for the overthrow of the world of power and the free transformation of society.




anarchist group "malevolent horse"/ member of the Anarchist Political Organization

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