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(en) Greece, vogliamo tutto: No one for shopping - no one for work on November 4 (and every Sunday) the shops closed [machine translation]

Date Wed, 31 Oct 2018 21:31:37 +0200

Announcement of Coordinating Action Against the Abolition of Sunday Holidays and "Liberated" Hours [October 2018] ---- NO 52, NO 32, NO 8! ---- WE DO NOT CHARGE A SUN! ---- In May 2017, the Law for the opening of 32 branches of the year in the "tourist zones" of the country was passed, applying to the whole municipality of Athens, the coastal front, Piraeus, the area of "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport and the historical center of Thessaloniki. The abolition of Sunday's holiday is part of the boss's assault against all workers. For five more years now, state and bosses have sought to abolish it. Initially with the law in 2013 to open the stores 7 and then for 8 Sundays, the next step was the decision in 2014, which they had to take back, to open the stores 52 Sundays and continue with the new law in 2017, stipulating open stores 32 consecutive Sundays from May to October.

The commerce sector continues to be a test tube for a series of non-labor measures that are institutionalized by the state and promoted by employers. From trade commenced hourly wages, fixed-term contracts, split-hours, etc., spread like gangrene in other branches. So today, the ruthless offensive on the "White Friday" and "Black Friday" hours, which is constantly being circumvented by obliging the workers to work for 10 and 12 hours, and the bustle of all sorts of holidays (Clear Monday, 26 December, January 2, January 6), the introduction of new individual contracts, horizontal salary cuts along with mass lay-offs - "waivers", unpaid overtime and heavy intensification as well as the generalized implementation of rented and flexible work constitute the new work hell for thousands of merchants each other. The same conditions are experienced by all workers in each workplace. Wage-insurance payment, coupon payment, sub-pay for "new entrants" at work, recycling of unemployment through "welfare" schemes, worker killings in work-beds. The goal of the state and capital attack on us is the devaluation of our lives, the intensity of our fear, the becoming more cheap, the more vulnerable and the employers, ensuring their profitability and power on our backs and sweats. It is clear that the role of the government as the administrator of this exploitative system is to defend the interests of capital and the bourgeoisie. That is why it attacks all the social resistance that stands: by suppressing interventions against auctions,

In this crucial struggle between the world of work and the world of economic-political bosses, we take our place according to our class interests. And the position of all those who suffer exploitation and oppression is beside the strikers along with the workers in the trade. We all know all about what it means to shop on Sunday. The reality behind the luscious shop windows is that of the exhausted merchant. On Sundays we do not take a walk to look at the windows and shop because every hit to the rights of workers in a sector is a blow to the world of work. We address workers, the unemployed, the youth, to pensioners and we urge them not to succumb to the effort to impose a climate of individualism and social cannibalism. Our problems as well as our needs are common, and the struggle must be common.
In such an attack it is important to realize that our struggle is long-lasting, with hits and obstacles, but above all with stubbornness and determination to defend the Sunday's holiday. The struggle to defend it is one of the battles of our class. For five years now, the << Coordinator against the abolition of Sunday's holiday and 'liberated' hours >> along with trade workers resist the total whine of Sunday's holiday. The participation of the trade-union workers' trade union (Orthostasis) in the coordination and support of their interventions strengthened the struggle and further enhanced the strength of the mutual solidarity.

All these years, our struggle has taken steps forward. A typical example of the struggle and the results that it can bring is the mobilizations in June and July 2017. During these two months, Coordinating Action managed to block the appetites of employers and multinational groups to implement the new measure of 32 Sundays in the center of Athens. Since the beginning of June, the dynamic workers' protections in Ermou have forced Inditex's group to back down and cancel the Sunday opening of stores every Sunday.

Respectively, when trying to impose the operation of the shops 52 Sundays per year, the constant, militant and uninterrupted presence outside the shops in Ermou, the Coordinator along with the workers, resulted in the practice of blocking the law. Those days have lived moments of fellowship, solidarity, and resistance. Five years of struggle justify our persistence in not resorting to any appeal or decision by the CoE, an illusion that systematically cultivates employers' associations (ESEE, GSEVEE), trade associations and the Federation of Private Employees of Greece (OSYE). We are well aware that institutional justice can not stand in the way of declared state policy and the interests of bosses. We insist that we DO NOT CHARGE A SUNDAY.

We continue the fight for the Sunday celebration, as we do from the beginning of 2018 with a concentration on January 2 at Factory Outlet in Piraeus to defend the sectoral holiday, forcing Public and McArthurGlenn to remain closed, with the Panhellenic strike on 14 / 1 and the strike blocking of Factory Outlet as well as the latest strikes in the Inditex Group stores on June 10 and 24, in the center of Athens and Glyfada and in coordination with corresponding interventions in Thessaloniki with the intervention and exclusion uct branches against the outrages of the "White Night" in Ilion on June 30 and strike sakes, once working Sunday, Ermou on July 15. We defend labor interests and rights, as a part of the wider struggle for our life and dignity. We call on our colleagues in the trade and in every working class, their trade unions and collectives, the whole world of the struggle, those who experience modern oppression and exploitation, to share and strengthen this battle . With weapons from the bottom organization, collective resistance and class solidarity!

We coordinate the battles we give in and out of the workplaces in every corner of the country. Against the mockery of the government, which presents the crumbs that are given to the employees as a success but also against the bosses' rhetoric, which has as a priority the satisfaction of the needs of the market, we favor the bottom organization and we support the claims for Collective Agreements that will satisfy our own needs. We are participating in the mobilizations for the organized cross-party strike that has been announced for November 1st. We put our work interests and needs in front.

We further strengthen our class resistance, organize labor unions and clubs, organize the struggle in every neighborhood, coordinate every city, upgrading the pan-Hellenic dimension of the struggle by taking coordinated racing initiatives. We promote the horizontal co-ordination of trade unions and collectives from trade, as well as other branches, neighborhood assemblies and wider class societies of the class-social movement.

In front of opening the stores on Sunday, November 4, and on 3 consecutive Sundays in December, we call on colleagues to take the situation in our hands. With dynamic strikes and mass interventions in work-neighborhoods, we can restrain their designs, contributing not only to strengthening the struggle for Sunday's celebration but also to our overall position as workers in the field of class struggle. To link and intensify the class-social struggles from the bottom against oppression and exploitation.





Coordinating action against the abolition of Sunday's holiday and "liberated" hours | https://syntonistikokyriakes.espivblogs.net - syntonistiko_drasis@espiv.net

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