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(en) Greece, verba-volant - Libertarian Trade Union of Thessaloniki: The tourist seasons of terror (ca, fr, gr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 8 Sep 2017 09:48:07 +0300


In a very hot summer in Greece of the crisis , some have spent many months on an island, not on holiday but trying to survive. It seems that in this environment (environment) of total dissolution, with youth unemployment reaching 50%, the tourism sector can absorb a small part of the potential of workers, especially young people. Experts have been saying for years: The future of Greece is obligatory for tourism. ---- But what is hidden behind this showcase that we see as "customers"? How sincere is this smile with which we welcome the workers in the tourist business in which they work? And, finally, how much does it cost the bosses the dignity and the need to survive of the workers? ---- Many workers, especially young people, do not make vacations in summer. They try to save money so they can survive in winter. They work and suffer the violation of their rights by the employers. The latter often exploit workers who leave (to tourist sites) to work in season, thinking that the workers who work for them are part of their property and have no right to privacy.

The most frequent exploitation phenomenon in several tourist areas is that the employer has declared the worker to be a full-time worker, ie eight hours a day, five days a week, for the worker to be forced to work nine or ten hours at day, seven days a week, and that (obviously) never covers these overtime.
Also, bosses often take a long time to pay workers (if they get paid all salaries at the end of the season). This means that the worker has to survive at his own expense during his time on the island. Also, it is assumed that the money collected is almost always "black", while the working day is constantly changing according to the employer's need, without being consulted the worker.
Very often the demands of the bosses are exorbitant, as many of them forbid workers to sit down and take some rest during the day. Some want to control the clothes or the dress of the workers, as they require staff not to have nails painted, not wear earrings, not have tattoos and other accessories that can make them lose their valuable clientele.
Some bosses get to even more extreme points. Wanting to have absolute control over the life of the workers, they have the key to the lavatory of the business, since they maintain that under the pretext of their physiological need the workers abstain from work more due time. Finally, in some cases employers do not hesitate to cut workers' wages, either by way of example, or on the pretext of non-compliance with business "rules" (for example, by arguing that workers have been chatting for a long time, or that they were seated, if this is forbidden, e.tc.).
The only advantage that usually have those who go to a tourist place to work during the season is that the patron provides them with lodging and food. However, this is not entirely positive, since the accommodation of the workers is of poor quality and does not even have the basic amenities. Very often cases are reported in which the rooms do not even have windows, are very small and can be used exclusively for sleeping.
In order to be able to respond to these arbitrariness of the employers, we, the workers, regardless of age, sex and nationality, must organize in a combative way in our unions, sharpen class antagonism and claim our rights, until we recover what belongs to us, being aware that societies that are driven to destitution tend to rebel.
Libertarian Trade Union of Thessaloniki
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