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(en) Poland, WORKERS' INITIATIVE - February 5: general strike in France, solidarity picket in Warsaw [machine translation]

Date Mon, 4 Feb 2019 10:00:06 +0200

On Tuesday, February 5, in France, a general strike organized by trade unions will take place: CGT (Universal Confederation of Labor), Union Syndicale Solidaires (Solidarity Trade Union) and CNT-SO (National Confederation of Labor - Workers' Solidarity). Responding to the appeal of the organizers and organizers of the strike, the Warsaw committees of the Workers' Initiative at 18:00 organize a picket picket at the Embassy of the French Republic in Warsaw (Piekna 1 street). On the one hand, the pontificate is to support the French general strike, as well as to remind about the ongoing labor conflicts in Poland: in the aviation industry, in the judiciary, education and social assistance.
[see event on Facebook] ---- The strike in France is organized as a gesture of support for mass demonstrations of "yellow vests" that have been taking place all over the country since November 2018. Their immediate cause was the announcement of a rise in excise tax on fuels, but the "vests" also protest against the growing social inequalities, low wages, further social cuts and plans for the privatization of public services. Their anger is directed against the neoliberal policy pursued by all subsequent French governments for 35 years (when the first government of François Mitterrand made a "liberal shift" and abandoned the implementation of the leftist program). Employees and employees are losing out on this policy, and only the richest - capitalists and state elites - gain.

Colleagues from Solidaires thus summarize the current situation in France: "This right anger of the Yellow Vest is an expression of the fact that the most prismatic social classes are warmly fed up with their position." The poorest and most uncertainty of the future have revolted who do not obey more obediently and in the silence live your misery."

The trade unions declared their support for the movement of the "yellow vests" also to oppose attempts by the extreme right, nationalists and fascists to take it over. Since the outbreak of protests, right-wing organizations have tried to use public dissatisfaction to spread anti-Semitic or anti-immigrant slogans. In a call to a strike published by Solidaires, we read: "We are calling for this social movement while maintaining our identity, anti-racism and international solidarity with migrants and migrants[...]we can not allow the right to take possession of Yellow Vests and their protests, rhetoric and discourse around them. "

Why should we appear as much as possible on the French embassy on Tuesday? First of all, to show trade union solidarity - many times during strikes and protests organized in Poland, we received help from colleagues from France (Solidaires supported the Employee Initiative during the conflict in the Aelia Duty Free / Lagardere stores in 2014 or during the strike in Krowarzywa restaurant in 2016). Now is the moment when we were appealed to us for organizing solidarity actions.

The second reason is the similarity of the situation of employees and employees in Poland and France - we are also struggling with low wages and junk employment; we are also threatened by further projects of "liberalization of the Labor Code"; in Poland, income inequalities also grow. And just like in France - although not on such a scale - there is also a growing resistance in Poland: a recently completed strike at LOT Polish Airlines, ongoing protests by female employees and court staff and social welfare, upcoming teachers and teachers strikes. What's more, in Poland the extreme right is also trying to exploit public dissatisfaction and directing it towards xenophobic and racist slogans - against refugees, immigrants and immigrants instead of against bosses.

Let's meet on Tuesday at the Embassy of France to show our solidarity and support for social protests - both with French workers and employees, as well as with colleagues in Poland.

Today Paris - tomorrow Warsaw!

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