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(en) [Greece] Worker at supermarket chain Karypidis commits suicide after 15 months without receiving By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 6 Aug 2017 11:42:40 +0300


Text of the Thessaloniki Libertarian Initiative, published on its website, because of the suicide of a worker in the supermarket chain Karypidis, after fifteen months without receiving their salaries. A few days ago the Initiative carried out a protest action outside one of the company's supermarkets in Thessaloniki. We note that this concentration was the only collective reaction after the suicide-murder of the worker. ---- We will not become accustomed to death. We will fight for life. ---- On Tuesday, July 11, 2017 , a 42-year-old woman who worked at the "Karypidis" supermarket chain in the city of Giannitsá ended her life. The worker was 15 months without receiving her wages. The work she had not received for a long time, and the state of indigence in which she was because of it, led her to suicide.

The company "Karypidis" has a long tradition in fraud, arbitrariness and exploitation of workers. To begin with, in 2004 the Karypidis brothers bought the supermarket chain "Arvanitidis" which was in danger of closing because of their huge debts to the Workers' Social Security Fund. Once the network transaction was completed, the debt of the previous owners to the Fund, which amounted to 18,250,000 euros, was "presented" to the debtor, with the direct intervention of the former Secretary of the Social Security Fund, R. Spyrópulos. We would like to point out that Spyrópulos was acquitted by a court of this "initiative". With the signing of the franchise agreement between Karypidis and Carrefour-Marinopoulos (expired in February 2016), Karypidis entered the market under the name of "Carrefour-Marinopoulos",

In early 2017 the company enters into the insolvency law in order to postpone its impending bankruptcy. Nonetheless, it continues to make a profit, failing to pay workers, using various excuses to mislead, such as the need for sanitation and the "rationality" of the company, blaming the previous direction of the company (when it was called "Arvanitidis") , Even putting the blame for the poor economic situation of the company on the workers' unions!

At this moment the 1,400 workers of the supermarket chain "Karypidis" are up to 19 months without receiving their salaries. Your jobs are not assured. They are in a state that oscillates between captivity and unemployment. They do not receive the retention allowance, nor are they entitled to receive the unemployment benefit. The Presidential Order on the transfer of supermarkets to other companies (eg Discount Market, Masoutis, Market Inn, etc.) were not implemented. Last week, after appealing to the court, the employer, the supreme court ruled that if a company's employers did not pay the wages of their workers for a long time, this does not contribute to worsening working conditions, confirming once More than justice has class character. He takes sides with the powerful, the oppressors and the exploiters:

The extreme exploitation that the workers are suffering in the supermarkets "Karypidis" combines with their fraud. The government criticizes the attitude of the Karypidis brothers, striving to repair their leftist profile, which was intact until the elections but was spoiled after them, while contributing to the continuing impoverishment of the majority of society by voting a series of anti- Workers who are in accordance with the demands of local and international capital. If you cover your ears to the demands of the company workers who are on strike, or try to prevent their mobilizations, either with meetings with their union leaders or using the so-called anti-government forces against them.

The imposed average working age is the result of policies that lead to the impoverishment of the lower, as required by the restructuring of Capital, carried out in a violent manner. Labor dungeons are occupying more and more space in the modern labor reality. Exhaustive working hours, unpaid working hours, precarious and intensified work (and most of them without social security), as well as the absence of security measures, on the one hand annihilate the workers on a daily basis, at the same time as the bosses continue to profit , And on the other hand are staggering, reaching extreme levels with the shameful fact of the murders of workers.

Those who speak of isolated and non-interconnected incidents, and the bad luck of the workers, do not want to see the essence of the problem. This essence is innate to capitalism, it is the barbarity of Capital that reproduces itself by taking more advantage of human labor and degrades our lives. At the same time the bosses talk about labor accidents, putting the blame on the workers. For us these facts are clearly murders of which the bosses are responsible. The profit of employers does not take into account human life, hence the lack or deficiency of safety measures in the workplace.

On Thursday , July 13, 2017 we conducted an intervention, distributing leaflets and throwing paint at the Discount Market store in the neighborhood of Xirokrini, which belongs to the Karypidis brothers, trying to express the direct responsibility of the bosses of the supermarket chain of the suicide of the worker 42 years in the city of Giannitsá. As long as we do not organize ourselves and do not challenge poverty, as we sink into despair instead of fighting, we will tell the dead of our class.

It is imperative to organize unionism with a combative and hard base to stop being dragged by bosses, small or large, and unionism of bureaucratic consent, subject to the regime, which signs peace with our class enemy. Let us put the interests of the workers ahead and take life in our hands, without hierarchies, mediations and paternalisms. Let us prepare general, indefinite strikes, connecting them with a revolutionary proposal whose goal is personal and collective emancipation, the end of the exploitation of man by man, and social self-management.

We will not become accustomed to death. We will fight for the life and emancipation of all humans through self-organized social and class formations.

Libertarian Initiative of Thessaloniki, member of the Anarchist Federation
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