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(en) Czech, afed: The struggle for workers' rights is not an extremism [machine translation]

Date Sat, 30 Jun 2018 07:40:24 +0300


We are chatting with a collection of web-based bosses that serve as a database of dubious employers. ---- The Chiefs of Action project , the task of which is to monitor problematic employers, is an interesting revival in the context of Czech social activism. What are your short-term goals and long-term visions? ---- As far as the short-term goals are concerned, it is certainly the emergence of a database of problematic employers, because the start will be the most difficult. Once a number of articles are stacked, the project may work more or less spontaneously, but so far, the project needs to be promoted and created at least a certain database to build on, the project has been earnest and mainly spread among people who want to change jobs. In addition, we would like to create some guidance in the "Know Your Rights" section where people can simply learn what else the employer can do and when employees are abused who, for example, can not lose their jobs for reasons of existence, and so employers often allow too much. The long-term goals are not yet, we will be glad when the site will fulfill its purpose and people will share their experience.

What are you expecting from the project? Do you think that it is possible to build a really large database of "shambles", where there will be thousands of dubious employers?

We certainly think this is possible because we know very well from our own experience the working conditions in our regions. The only thing that needs to be broken is the social apathy for the current situation, when people tell you that it's just that nothing is done about it, and that we just live in such a world. Thanks to anonymity, people would not have to worry about sharing their experiences, and the public would have access to that information. The "shambles" themselves could at least kick a little to change, because the biggest problem is that they endlessly go through it when people do not have that information.

Often, this is also the so-called "over-worked" work carried out by people from lower social strata who need work for existential reasons and, for various reasons, do not achieve specific professions. Nothing else is left to them, which these employers know well and cynically abuse their critical situations. Last but not least, we believe that something is found everywhere, because the relationship between the employer and the employee is never balanced, which employers often use.

How to get project information among people? Let's assume that mass media will be as extreme as the defense of workers' rights, ignorant of it.

We assume that people will say about the project themselves, and raising awareness will increase the awareness of the project. We do not think that the defense of workers' rights would be something extremist, but it is true that this is not a very popular subject in our country. Evidence is the recent documentary by Sasha Uhlová and Apolena Rychlíková, who recorded working conditions in the worst-paid positions. The journalists and the middle classes could catch up, but any of the precarious workers in these things knows very well and most of these people have experienced themselves. As for mass media, of course, they do not tend to write too much about working conditions, but with the increasing resistance of workers it can change. Evidence is to inform the media of the various strikes that will take place from time to time in our environment. If people are silent, then there is nothing to write about, but if they sound loud,

Similar topics such as Chiefs of Magic are already underway in the Solidarity Network. What do the Chiefs of the Magnificent Will Differ?

The crucial difference is that Chiefs of Action do not have the ambition to solve these problems, but only to inform them. It is also a purely internet project, so its impact is only for people with access to the Internet. The project should also motivate people to avoid worrying about bad working conditions. Writing your own story may be the first step to changing your mind and letting some things happen again. Solidarity networks are turning people who are already committed to confronting employers and changing things for their benefit. This is a thing that people need to learn to change so that working conditions in our country are not so bad.

Some employees will send their experience anonymously, and there is a risk that unverified information will be untrue. Did you also discuss this option?

Of course, it occurred to us that it could happen, for example, in a competitive fight. For the time being, the platform's reach is not so large as to have a significant impact on the employer, so there are so far no measures to prevent it. For the time being, it is possible to discuss in comments under the article where the accused can be defended and in case of doubt the article can be downloaded. In the future, articles can be ranked according to the degree of credibility, so the reader will have the opportunity to find out how much information is credible and to make judgment itself. Last but not least, the truth can be a very subjective notion, so it will be difficult to say whether the employer is aggressive or the employee too hypersensitive. After all, we do not have the ambition to seek the truth, but to provide room for sharing the experience of people who have had poor experience at work.

https://www.afed.cz/text/6853/boj-za-prava-pracujicich-neni-zadny-extremismus
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