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(en) ait russia: Class resistance during the epidemic
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 08:37:51 +0300
Despite the atmosphere of general hysteria, calls for solidarity with "their" governments and emergency measures, with the help of which
those in power around the world strive to curtail civil liberties and dampen the intensity of social protests of workers, workers in various
countries do not intend to quarantine class resistance . We give an incomplete chronicle of the speeches of workers who do not want to pay
for the current crisis: ---- AUSTRIA ---- March 18: Despite the ban, a spontaneous strike and protest of workers in
Linz-Bindermihl-Käferfeld broke out, outraged by the company's refusal to provide safe working conditions. ---- ARGENTINA ---- March 18: In
the large port of Urgara, from which grain is exported, unrest occurred. They threatened a strike if they were not provided with a
sufficient guarantee against infection with the virus.
March 17: Port workers in Santos, San Vincenti, Guarruj, and Cubatao announced the immediate cessation of all work during the quarantine
period announced by the state government of São Paulo. They announced that they will be engaged in loading and unloading only goods of vital
March 20: Almaviva do Brasil workers in Consolasan (one of the largest call centers in the country with 37,000 employees) stopped working
and blocked the road. They demanded the distribution of disinfecting gel to all employees.
March 13: In order to protect themselves from infection, bus drivers began to let passengers in only through the side and back doors,
without asking them for a ticket.
March 17: 1000 employees of the Balai firm in Zaragoza forced the administration to close the enterprise against its will due to a lack of
appropriate labor safety measures.
March 18: The Aeronova enterprise in Berantevilla (Alava province) temporarily stopped working after workers protest marches the day before.
March 12: In the morning, workers at hundreds of factories and firms went on strike and left their jobs. They demanded that working
conditions be adapted to safety standards. Spontaneous strikes broke out at enterprises, shops and retail centers in Piedmont, Liguria,
Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria and Pulia. Reform unions are trying to act as intermediaries.
March 17: Nearly 800 workers at the Global Textile Mill in Kampongspa Province forced the administration to pay them a delayed salary and
bonus. The factory was stopped in mid-February due to an epidemic of coronavirus.
March 14: Windsor Fiat Chrysler car assembly plant in Ontario goes on strike.
March 20: Stormy riots of more than 6,000 Minera Panama workers after the first cases of the virus. The company refused to take safety
measures at workplaces and locker rooms.
March 17: General Motors, Ford and FCA workers demanded that management close the plants for 2 weeks due to poor sanitary and hygienic
working conditions. The administration refused, although most managers now work remotely. Workers temporarily closed the paint shop of the
Chryslers Warren assembly plant near Detroit.
March 18: A spontaneous 24-hour strike of public transport drivers in Detroit. They protested against the lack of disinfection measures and
facilities. Throughout the day, transportation throughout the city did not work. Unions reluctantly announced that they are supporting the
The same day, spontaneous strikes took place at the Fiat Chrysler assembly plant in Sterling Heights in Michigan after the virus was
detected in 2 workers. As a result, the company was stopped.
March 19: Workers of the Sarar textile mill, contrary to the union's opinion, stopped working for half an hour, protesting against taking
measures to ensure their safety in the workplace. They demanded guarantees of disinfection of the premises and the dining room.
March 20: Workers at the Galatport dock in Istanbul went on strike, as it repeatedly ignored the administration's demands to take action
against the threat of infection.
March 21: Postal and telegraph workers went on strike after the administration of a regional office allowed permanent workers to stay at
home, forcing 200 sub-contract workers to work overtime.
March 16: Workers at the Neuhauser bread factory in Folshwiller (one of the largest in the country) forced the administration to close the
factory 24 hours after one of the employees discovered the virus.
March 17: After a coronavirus was discovered on the eve of one of the employees, Amazon employees in Montelimar, Chalon-sur-Saone and Douai
went on strike, demanding sanitary and hygienic safety at workplaces. Workers gathered in front of the Severe branch, keeping their
distance. On the same day, hundreds of workers at the Atlantic docks in Saint-Nazaire quit their jobs because they were not provided with
safe working conditions.
March 17-18: 20 glass workers and more than 40 finishing workers (Saverdeck) went on strike at the Saverglass company in Fekier (Oise
department), since the security measures established for senior personnel were not extended to them.
March 18: Spontaneous strike by ID Logistic employees in Le Erbier. They demanded the right to stay home with full payment of their salary.
March 20: Amazon workers in Lille continue to fight against non-application of safety standards.
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