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(en) Slovakia, priama akcia: Coronary Crisis: Let's Help Each Other [machine translation]

Date Fri, 22 May 2020 08:49:39 +0300

When we have a problem at work and think about how it can be solved, we often encounter obstacles. Sometimes we can handle it quickly, other times it's hard or we feel over our strength. However, it is almost always true that it is easier when there are more of us and we proceed together. That is why we turn to you - everyone who wants to actively solve problems in the workplace and share experiences. Let's help each other. At the same time, we present the first point of our campaign "Coronary crisis: We are not on the same ship!" Dedicated to the consequences of the pandemic for the workers. ---- Why we came up with this challenge ---- We cannot rely on help from the state and talk about being together and doing it. Of course we can do it, but with what consequences? When we see what bosses are allowing themselves to do now, we think a response is needed. As an association, we have been solving problems in the workplace for a long time and we have several successful disputes behind us.

Of course, we also understand that people feel that they can do nothing. However, we have the opposite experience and we know our strength when we act together and collectively. Therefore, we would like to encourage you - sometimes it is good to ask for the opinion or help of someone else.

We have already advised dozens of people. Many times they felt that they had tried everything and it was going nowhere, because the bosses ignored them anyway or postponed solving the problem. In such situations, we always try to show other possibilities. At the same time, we have been saying from the beginning that we are not really about providing legal aid (other organizations are doing this), but about solving problems on their own.

How to proceed

If someone is interested in actively fighting to improve their situation, we will meet and discuss the background of the problem. We will put together documents that relate to the problem (contracts, payslips, etc.) and if we agree that it makes sense to enter into a dispute, we plan further steps.

During the dispute, we meet regularly to discuss further action. Even at protests, we are always together - we never act for other people. In this way, we also gain experience together, thanks to which we can organize more effectively in the future and coordinate more demanding events.

At the same time, we conduct disputes in the form of direct (protest) actions, which are usually more effective and bring faster results. So far we have won in all, in which the workers followed the agreed procedure. And we never once had to rely on the courts.

Won disputes

In November 2015, we entered into a dispute with OZ Divé maky over unpaid remuneration to former employee Michal. After three months of activities, together with him and with the support of people from Slovakia and abroad, we reached the payment of the entire amount of 950 euros.

In May 2016, a dispute with CATO Agency followed over the unpaid wage of a former employee, Martin. The tactics of direct actions took over again: after less than a month of solidarity activities, the company paid out the amount owed.

In both cases, we collectively handed over a letter of request to the bosses. When they did not meet them within the specified deadline, we published information about their practices and invited people in Slovakia and abroad to send protest e-mails. We also informed their partner organizations or clients about their behavior.

These disputes lasted for a few weeks, but the dispute with the Lozano Pub pizzeria in 2017 ended after three days, when the owner paid the former employee Martin money for an unused vacation, which he owed him almost a year.

In March 2019, we even achieved pay and wage compensation before the dispute began. The owner of one bistro owed former worker Jakub over € 500. 19 days after submitting the request letter, he received them on account thanks to our activities.


* If you have a problem at work that you want to actively solve ...

* If you have managed to solve a problem at work and you want to share your experience ...

* If you want to know more about how we work ...

... contact us for one of our contacts here: https://www.priamaakcia.sk/kategoria/o-nas-kontakt/ .

We will be happy to spread information about our coronary crisis campaign and share on social networks. The next point will be that it makes sense to defend yourself against bosses. Coming soon.

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