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(en) Desolation text which claims to be re-embraced by dirty horse APO (gr) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 26 Nov 2017 08:41:45 +0200


On September 18, 2017, at the end of my shift, I was suddenly dismissed by my employer at Aromalab in Oreokastro, Thessaloniki. It was a great surprise to me when I was informed that I was being fired, not because I was not good at my job - and it became clear to me that the company is very pleased with my services - but because I am reluctant, unresponsive and overwhelming. I was reluctant to say that when I was asked to work together with the other employees to clean the common areas of the company (toilets, kitchens, employers' offices etc) it turned out that I did it but I did not do it with joy (!) And therefore willingness. Disobedient, as I dared to challenge - even though I did as I was asked - the constant demand of the boss for cleanliness, arguing that this does not arise from our contracts and is not our responsibility. At the very moment my contract hired me as an office worker while in fact I was working as a chemist undertaking a series of tasks that did not correspond to the status I was employed in. Respectful, as I do not respect my boss because of security cameras that record all employees with image and sound (!) - as my boss proudly informed me as he dismissed me,

The "judgment trial" on the ground that accompanied my dismissal and included "do not know how it is, you have no experience", "you will not find a job elsewhere", "you do not go out, you are not entitled to damages," as well as past press arguments "Do not count your papers here, they do not mean anything," I think they were more than enough to offend my dignity as a worker but also as a man, since they were aiming at spreading my personality and morality and on the other propagating and yes also impose on this company the logic of the working middle-age that dominates the workplace.

From the very next day I denounced my vengeance and abusive dismissal in the labor inspection. It was obvious, of course, that the Labor Inspectorate, as a state service, could not but remain faithful to the plans of the state and the bosses that brighten the lives of the largest part of society daily. So, the employee who recorded the complaint took care of a number of arguments, "since it was because you did not give up", "when you came up with limits on how to work, you are still a young lady," "you do not think you will win anything, "I'm mother and I, I would not be proud if my daughter did that", discourage me from proceeding with the complaint,

With the announcement of my complaint to the employer, the employers immediately worried about the fact that the issue of redundancy re-established, resulting in a change in her placement, presenting it altogether differently as it was when the actual events did not appear before the inspection, the appointment which took place on 20/11. Thus, the employers have argued and supported that I was dismissed for reasons of efficiency, lack of teamwork, cooperation and due diligence. While when asked about whether there is even a worker in the cleaning sector, he has come to claim that he is a family business whose members also care for the cleanliness of their premises, simply indicating to the employees that they keep these space clean after every use!

Over the last 6 years and amid a continuous series of loan contracts and memoranda, state and capitalist barbarity attempts to break up what we have until now considered labor rights and achievements, dissolving the lives of workers, the unemployed, and the peoples of the world. The rapid rise in unemployment, the abolition of eight hours, collective labor agreements, degrading wage and pension cuts, and the simultaneous increase in taxes, are only a small sample of the relentless assault by the bosses at the expense of the working class. Under the guise of the financial crisis, since the escalation of the attack we are experiencing today is steadily steered by the state governors over the last 20 years,

Employees must be convinced, willing to do everything they can to find or lose their jobs, not to talk to their colleagues, but to compete with them, to make more work, to pay with hunger wages, to work with exhausting hours, sacrifice themselves in the workers' quarters at the altar of profit, become tires and multipurpose tools in the hands of employers, fear to defend themselves and claim their rights because they will be fired, ythoun depending on the appetites of every employer and above all accept that this is how things are in the world we live in.

For my part, I could only say that if this is the world then it will have to change. How do workers have rights and no one can dismiss us because we demand them. How am I reluctant not to cleanse but to define what I am and what I am not my bosses. How do I question the right of employers to dismiss unnecessarily and ask for everything. How do I denounce the avenging attitude of the company on my face that misused my dismissal? How is it a matter of dignity and self-evidently to resist all of us, whether or not workers, to anyone who wants to be a cannibal in our lives. How, ultimately, the only way to live like slaves is we the under-the-world organized,

I am asking for my immediate resumption with the actual contract of employment that corresponds to me as a chemical.

Kyriaki Vlachou, 21-11-2017
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