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(en) libertas Initiative of Thessaloniki: For Black Friday - Coordination of action against Sunday's work and "liberated hours" (gr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:32:16 +0200

On Wednesdays 22 and Thursday, November 23 we carried out massive poster, tricky, banner and divorce work on the employees of One Salonica and Thessaloniki's commercial center respectively. The response of both a large portion of those who were shopping or walking (something we do not often find so much) and employees was more than positive. ---- Employees and workers in trade, there is anger, there is a willingness to fight and only the organization is lacking in unions and assemblies, which is a prerequisite for victories as shown by employees in Public, Notos, Attica, Sephora and in other stores where they either participated in the strike or created clubs. ---- The text distributed by the 15 colleagues and partners who participated in the intervention: ---- THE "BLACK FRESHNESSES" OF OFFICIALS-OFFICIALS CONTRIBUTE ---- TO CONSTRUCTION OF ACQUIRED CONSUMERS MAKE ANY LIFE OF THE WORKS

For the second year, large commercial chains have announced that it is coming back to Greece on November 24th, the black friday . They are celebrating the "celebration success" last year and have already begun large advertising campaigns to attract specific consumers such as teenagers with "unique offers" in video games, mobile and electronic devices. What really means "black Friday"we have already known it from America for decades and we lived in Greece last year. The consumer habits he formulates, as well as the test he recommends for shop workers, reflect work and consumer cannibalism of our time. In the US there are injuries or even deaths every year (105 and 10 respectively in recent years) as consumers, who can wait hours outside the shops to catch up with bids, end up trapping and literally crawling each other or tattooing workers. The American ghettos have just one day a year the right to enter the shiny mall to get a TV, but to get it they have to "exterminate" other immeasurable people. And of course, this consumer frenzy also harveses workers, who, in addition to the heavy and intensive workload imposed on them in the context of "black Friday", have to deal with rattling consumers. Indeed, in 2008, a 34-year-old Wall-Mart worker lost his life when literally trapped by about 200 consumers.

This is the institution that the commercial chains so proudly advertise. Obviously, this case of employer coffer is not an exception . It is an aspect - and indeed somewhat "black" - of the total attack by employers and the capitalist system on our workers' interests and rights, our lives and our dignity. It comes to complete the difficult situation we are experiencing, with crumbly wages or even non-payment, dismissals and unemployment, job insecurity, individual contracts, intensification, unpaid overtime, work on Sundays ...

Nobody obviously has a 'good price' issue, but at a time of extreme poverty and wretchedness of the social majority, commercial practices, such as black Friday , simply get rid of the consumer audience. Besides, for commercial capital, "good prices" are a package with the bad-humiliating value of the work of merchants, something that applies to the whole working class in Greece and, even worse, in the countries producing these products. Last year's "successful black friday"Has been accompanied by hundreds of violations of labor law, which has become more of a blanket and allows almost everything. So, these recorded violations are simply the tip of the iceberg and it is easy for anyone to perceive the magnitude of employer absurdity.

By addressing merchants, we would like to encourage them to do nothing more than their contractual obligations and in any way make it clear that we employees refuse to become the victims or the henchmen in the consumer arena set up by unscrupulous bosses. In any case, we make the employer responsible for any problems that arise, particularly to our colleagues. By addressing consumers, we can only ask them to understand their own responsibility.At a time when youth does not seem to have a future, student black-friday shopping malls are celebrated by MMEs (the same ones who have been wading for an hour of school-age engagement). The chaotic-dangerous situations that are shaped in moments of cosmopolitanism in the shops have as a common effect the humiliation of both workers and consumers. We therefore think, as workers and not as clients, and we ask that the slightest aggressive move to the merchants be made. In this arena we are not and will not become the products of cannibalism.

Coordinating Against Sunday Work and "Liberated Hours"


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