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(en) Holand, ag amsterdam: Direct Action Rewards! Cleaning lady of AirB & Bs takes 2, 500.00 (nl) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 1 Aug 2018 07:06:37 +0300

In February 2018 we as AGA (Anarchist Group Amsterdam) came in contact with a Spanish woman who cleaned AirB & Bs in Amsterdam through the Cleaning company Cleaning Support BV. This company is located at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 330 in Amsterdam. ---- She had noticed a whole range of misconduct, with her schedule, her travel time from location to location, not paying out vacation days, structurally fewer hours on her payslip than what she had actually worked, content insurance premiums and so on. ---- Together with her, we have made a plan of action, on the one hand exhibiting the company that is the rig and carrying out actions and on the other hand through a sympathetic work rights office in Amsterdam asking for legal support and possibly starting a lawsuit (getting a labor dispute in court well and half years to 1 year, often longer even)

On Sunday, March 18 it was so far and we were at the door with a dozen people, handing out pamphlets, calling slogans, putting in a banner, and taking the opportunity to put all the letter busses in the neighborhood in a flyer. A report of that action can be found here:

The Spanish woman had to return to Spain due to family circumstances, we continued to support her and her lawyer continued to represent her business. The lawyer had made several wage claims and started a procedure to get the case to court. But before a session came, 2,500, - was deposited into the account of the cleaning lady through the dirty cleaning of Cleaning Support. Why is paid now is unclear, perhaps the pressure and lawsuit? perhaps the pressure of actions that took place and whether they would still take place? we are groping in the dark. One thing is clear and that is that you do not have to be turned upside down by the bosses!

If you want to fight back, you can. The best ingredients for a victory are that you are very angry at first. Then 2 or 3 friends / comrades who support you for fat and thin, and finally a good plan of action in which you have informed yourself well to get the boss on your knees. A good dose of perseverance is also recommended!

So do not be a pancake and turn back!
Break the power of the bosses!
Always in solidarity with working in conflict!

On Saturday, August 4 from 4:00 PM there are alcohol free drinks and cake!
In the Anarchist Library Bollox
Address Eerste Schinklestraat 14-16 in Amsterdam

Do you work? Do you ever have problems with wages, unpaid vacation days, not paid when you are ill? and you live in Amsterdam?

take a look at https://labourrights.vrijebond.org/

Especially for people who can not speak Dutch and you know that they have problems please inform them on this website. The basic labor rights in the Netherlands are available in 10 different languages.

Is it special that anarchist groups do this kind of action?

No, not at all, the anarchist movement stems from the militant workers movement of the beginning of the 20th century, so there is ample experience but the struggle between labor and capital has, in our opinion, escaped a bit of attention lately.

A good example outside the Netherlands is for example in the English city of Brighton. There, there is the local group of the Solidarity Federation (an anarcho-syndicalist trade union), they do many successful campaigns against bosses and small house farmers. A sector in which they are specifically very active and successful is the so-called "hospatlity" sector. That's everyone who works in cafes, restaurants, hotels, etc. Here's a nice video how they work:

And here is a list of campaigns that they have won.

But closer to home you also have several initiatives, such as the Work Group Work Group of the Free Association. see here for more info https://www.vrijebond.org/arbeid/

And of course the people from Vloerwerk, who have already had several successful campaigns and squeezed thousands and thousands of euros in arrears from the bosses.

So are you being fired by the boss? do not go deprivate netflixing with your dull head!

Direct Action Sets the Moods!!!

Anarchist Group Amsterdam

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