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(en) Greece, Anarchist Federation liberta salonica - Market In: Another case of boss terrorism (gr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:48:29 +0200

In the "Market In" supermarket chain, a long-term labor struggle is taking place, with 1,400 employees of the company already buying the supermarkets "Karidides" (formerly "Arvanitidis") from the retailer "Market In" claiming their accrued earnings " Karipidis "and the safeguarding of their jobs. ---- "Karypidis" has a rich resume in the gangs, the impudence and exploitation of the workers. At first, Karypidis Bros bought the supermarket chain "Arvanitidis" in 2014, which was threatened to close because of its huge debts to IKA. As soon as the chain was transferred, the debt of EUR 18,250,000 of the previous property to IKA was "settled" as grace, with the immediate involvement of the former secretary of IKA P. Spyropoulos. For history, let's say that Spyropoulos was acquitted for his "initiative" in court. With the signing of a franchise agreement (expired in February 2016) with Carrefour-Marinopoulos, Karipidis entered the market with the sign of "Carrefour-Marinopoulos" in order to regain the lost confidence of the suppliers in the " Arvanitidis ".

The 1,400 employees of the "Karypidis" chain of stores are currently unpaid for up to 25 months. Their jobs are in the air. They find themselves among unemployment and employers' hostage. They do not even get the sluggish retirement allowance nor are they entitled to unemployment benefit. The PD. No 178/2002 protecting workers in the event of the transfer of undertakings, establishments, parts of undertakings or businesses has not been complied with. Supermarket chains such as "Discount Markt", "Masoutis", "Market In" have bought out shops of "Karypidis", but overturning the above PD. In July, the Areios Pagos decided that the long-term non-payment of salary does not change the worst of working conditions, once again confirming how justice is class. He is in favor of the powerful,

The "Karypidis" employers are already suffering a death, which clearly has to do with the status of oversight and over-exploitation on the part of the employers themselves. On 11/7, a 42-year-old working at a shop at the supermarket chain "Karypidis", in Giannitsa, put an end to her life. She remained unpaid for 15 whole months. Long-term unpaid work and subsequent poverty led her to suicide. Those who speak of accidental and isolated incidents, for the sake of the evil hour, turn to ignorance of their substance. The essence that is inherent in capitalism, that is, the barbarity of capital reproduced by the extraction of surplus value from human labor and results in the devaluation of our lives. At the time when employers talk about accidents at work, imputing responsibilities to workers, for us these are clear murders that burden the bosses. For bosses, profitability does not account for human lives, hence rudimentary or non-existent security measures.

The successors of the "Karypidi" chain are obliged by law to settle all the outstanding claims of the previous employers. These include the payment of accruals and the safeguarding of jobs. Still, the "Market In" employers were adamant and with tricks did nothing of all.

At the moment, on the backs of the workers at the supermarket "Karipidis", a blatant exploitation, which, among other things, involves the element of mockery. The Government of SY.RIZ.A. is investigating the manipulations of Kafididi Brothers in an attempt to mend the cracked, quasi-leftist profile that had been pre-election while perpetuating the deprivation of the social majority by voting against anti-labor laws in line with the requirements of local and international capital. It laughs at the claims of the strikers of the company or tries to inactivate their mobilizations, sometimes through conferences with their trade union leadership and sometimes using MAT.

Returning to the retail chain management under the "Market In", throughout 2017, through actions and appeals to the courts, 1,400 employees continued their struggle, having to deal with the suppression of MATs at the request of the boss, attacks by his henchmen, but having a strong solidarity movement on their side.

During the strike that took place in front of "Market In" in Ioannina from the SSE of Ioannina and left-wing clubs and organizations, in the framework of the nationwide general strike on 14 December, 15 shopkeepers, many of whom are declared goldsmiths attacked to the strikers, but they were successfully repelled. This move is not a thunderbolt but it is essentially the aggressive escalation of employership against struggling workers. Already on 26/10 and 29/11 the police attacked the strike of the shop, capturing in the first case 3 and the second 12 workers, who were working to pay for their accruals and claim stable jobs.

Throughout this history, the forces of the bourgeoisie camp have worked together. The boss of the company recruited all his available allies to suppress and end the workers' union struggles. Institutional justice has once again proved its urban sign, as warrants for workers were issued, and the same day raids took place in their homes. Cops and fascists have ratified their role as the loyal "dogs" of the bosses, by attacking trade union strikers. At the dawn of December 15th, goldsmiths of the "Market In" owner at Ioannina, Ramos, attacked Molotov at the offices of the Liberation Union Union, the Unconventional Trend Trade Union (SYND.KAT)

The struggle of the workers at "Market In" in Ioannina paid off. The court in front of the pressure that the strikers have been doing all this time has decided to temporarily reset 11 employees to the store. However, this decision will be re-examined in 2018, leaving a lot of questions. At the same time, of course, employers owe EUR 7,000 per person to 13 employees, who still do not pay off.

The imposed working age is a result of the downward policy of downgrading, forced by the violent restructuring of capital. Work creches occupy more and more space in modern working reality. Exhaustive working hours, unpaid labor hours, precarious and intensified work - mostly insured - and the lack of security measures, on the one hand, kill workers on a daily basis, with bosses richer on their backs, on the other hand they escalate with the shameful event of the killings of workers.

Resistors of the working class are now facing a huge threat, as with an amendment to the dictation of the 3rd evaluation, the approval of 50% + 1 of registered members as a condition for the strike by primary societies now stands instead of the current guarantee of the majority of the members present at the general assembly of the association. Essentially, this arrangement makes it impossible for strikes to be declared, offering generously to the bosses the "gift" of unimpeded - from the workers' mobilizations - the extraction of surplus value.

In order not to be bastarded and blessed by the bosses, whether large or small, and the consensual, bureaucratic, bureaucratic trade unionism that engages peace with our class enemies, it is imperative to organize an intransigent, militant trade unionist base. Put our labor interests ahead and take our lives in our hands without hierarchies, mediations and paternalisms. Prepare the fierce general strikes of lasting, linking them with a revolutionary project that will contribute to collective and individual emancipation, to the end of man-to-person power, to social self-management.

On Saturday, 23/12, we made paints and tricycles at the Market In store on Andreas Papandreou Street in Kordelio. In the past few days, we threw tics and distributed texts to the workers and the neighborhood, both in Kordelio, Ano Touba (PAOK stadium) and Venizelos (where there are shops in the "Market In" chain). In this way, we chose to target the "Market In" employers, while sending a message of practical solidarity to the employees of the shop and to the partners of the SSE of Ioannina. As long as pieces of our order are struck by the burglary and arbitrariness of the bosses, we will contrast class solidarity and self-organization in the workplace so as to stop every hit we accept,






Eleftherial Initiative of Thessaloniki - member of the Anarchist Federation
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