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(en) federacao autonoma dos Trabalhadores FAT - MESSAGE FROM THE WAITERS (pt)
Thu, 5 Oct 2017 13:39:40 +0300
We have an old profession and we like what we do, we serve people during the day and at
night, we stay for at least eight hours of our day standing, running from one place to
another. ---- We are waiters and waitresses, we work in restaurants and bars of Goiânia
and metropolitan regions, we are in direct contact with other workers like cooks and
barmens. ---- Like many other professions we are being harmed by the neglect and abuse of
employers, cooperatives, corporations and the state, of course. ---- Those who have a
formal contract receive the floor of 4.94 per hour worked, the 10% pass-through is not
always (almost never) passed on to the worker, and is actually 'channeled' to the
employer. ---- We have irregular working hours, we are always at the mercy of the needs of
our employers, we are always doing overtime that is not always (sometimes never) it is
passed on as it should.
There are establishments in the capital that do not even pay the extra hour, much less if
the nightly surcharge is added.
There are in many places deviations from the role of waiter, where he also becomes
security, janitor, deliverer, among others.
When we do not have a formal contract, every agreement is made with the boss directly and
is never for the best of the employee.
According to the law, our function, which has an hourly load of eight hours, should
therefore have an hour of interval and in many establishments this interval is reduced to
just the moment of feeding, and in many places not even the feeding is offered of the
worker (which is required by law).
We can not forget the freelancers who are still subject to rules invented by the boss,
beyond the uncertainty of whether or not to stay in a certain place of work, without great
It's time to uncross our arms, open our mouths and say NO! We do not accept precarious
working conditions, we do not accept bosses to disrespect us, humiliate us, we do not
accept a right to less!
We want to work with dignity and be respected and respected, we want to work with good
salaries, with 10%, overtime and night extra! Give us what is ours or we will pull it out
by force. We will not be silent because together we can do much, alone we will suffer
reprisals. Our time has come, we are going to struggle to conquer what belongs to us.
Posted in Uncategorized asSeptember 28, 2017. leave a comment
FOR THE AUTONOMOUS FEDERATION OF WORKERS
In this year 2017, a group of poor workers from different trades began to come together,
to discuss and to think ways of fighting against the exploitation we suffered.
We are collectors of recyclables, waiters, temporary contract teachers, porters, gardeners
and poor students.
Our union began to shape the goal of creating a great union of the poor workers of Goiás,
which we now call the Autonomous Federation of Workers (FAT).
Our life has always been difficulties, oppression and exploitation. In recent years, with
the economic crisis and government attacks, it has become even worse.
The Labor Reform, the Pension Reform and many other projects are being approved to further
remove our few rights.
Despite this, most unions, linked to politicians or even bosses, do not show any
willingness to really fight to defend our interests.
Up there, the rich and the middle class, red or green and yellow, fight for power without
caring about the ever-increasing destruction of our living conditions.
Meanwhile, most of the poor working class remains disorganized, without having to defend
themselves against all these attacks.
Unemployment, real wages decrease, increase of the basic basket and public transport, even
greater scrapping of schools, hospitals, social security.
All this is what we face and those above, having a life of perks, will never defend us.
That is why we begin to unite and organize ourselves. Only ourselves, who feel the pain of
daily suffering, can fight for what we need.
Our walk will be long, but we have already taken the first step. We started by summoning
some of the most engaged workers in each category.
Each of them has been forming small groups of workers at their place of work or housing.
Together, each nucleus is discussing its daily problems in the neighborhoods (the absence
of kindergartens, schools, asphalt, transportation) and in our work (the humiliation
suffered, the low wages, the persecution, the absence of rights).
In addition, they are planning the propaganda inside our class, to summon more and more
poor workers to join us in this great network of solidarity of the oppressed.
In this union, we are planning both the forms of struggle and resistance to achieve the
improvements we need as well as forms of mutual support among us workers.
We think that solidarity is our greatest strength. An oppression of a worker is an
oppression to our entire federation.
Our Federation is autonomous, completely independent of politicians and parties. We know
that elections serve the interests of the rich and that they will never give up their
wealth for us.
Our Federation has no leaders or leaders. We are here, all the working poor, the same.
We all decide together, from an equal to an equal, from the bottom up, each giving his
ideas, his arms and hands, to the measure of his forces.
We do not accept to create leaders so that they become the future politicians to oppress
us. Our strength comes from the union of each and not from any enlightened individual.
We know that our only way out, the only ones who can defend us, are ourselves, organized
and united as workers, everywhere, in factories, in companies, in our places of residence
We call on all the working poor to come together, to organize themselves, so that through
solidarity among those who suffer the most, we can create both means of resistance and
struggle as ways of helping and supporting one another.
Do not wait, workers, bosses or government. Let us organize, let us unite among ourselves.
We are the majority of the population, and, united, we will one day win!
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