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(en) Holand, ag amsterdam: Direct Action Rewards! Cleaning lady of AirB & Bs takes 2, 500.00 (nl) [machine translation]
Wed, 1 Aug 2018 07:06:37 +0300
In February 2018 we as AGA (Anarchist Group Amsterdam) came in contact with a Spanish
woman who cleaned AirB & Bs in Amsterdam through the Cleaning company Cleaning Support BV.
This company is located at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 330 in Amsterdam. ---- She had noticed
a whole range of misconduct, with her schedule, her travel time from location to location,
not paying out vacation days, structurally fewer hours on her payslip than what she had
actually worked, content insurance premiums and so on. ---- Together with her, we have
made a plan of action, on the one hand exhibiting the company that is the rig and carrying
out actions and on the other hand through a sympathetic work rights office in Amsterdam
asking for legal support and possibly starting a lawsuit (getting a labor dispute in court
well and half years to 1 year, often longer even)
On Sunday, March 18 it was so far and we were at the door with a dozen people, handing out
pamphlets, calling slogans, putting in a banner, and taking the opportunity to put all the
letter busses in the neighborhood in a flyer. A report of that action can be found here:
The Spanish woman had to return to Spain due to family circumstances, we continued to
support her and her lawyer continued to represent her business. The lawyer had made
several wage claims and started a procedure to get the case to court. But before a session
came, 2,500, - was deposited into the account of the cleaning lady through the dirty
cleaning of Cleaning Support. Why is paid now is unclear, perhaps the pressure and
lawsuit? perhaps the pressure of actions that took place and whether they would still take
place? we are groping in the dark. One thing is clear and that is that you do not have to
be turned upside down by the bosses!
If you want to fight back, you can. The best ingredients for a victory are that you are
very angry at first. Then 2 or 3 friends / comrades who support you for fat and thin, and
finally a good plan of action in which you have informed yourself well to get the boss on
your knees. A good dose of perseverance is also recommended!
So do not be a pancake and turn back!
Break the power of the bosses!
Always in solidarity with working in conflict!
On Saturday, August 4 from 4:00 PM there are alcohol free drinks and cake!
In the Anarchist Library Bollox
Address Eerste Schinklestraat 14-16 in Amsterdam
Do you work? Do you ever have problems with wages, unpaid vacation days, not paid when you
are ill? and you live in Amsterdam?
take a look at https://labourrights.vrijebond.org/
Especially for people who can not speak Dutch and you know that they have problems please
inform them on this website. The basic labor rights in the Netherlands are available in 10
Is it special that anarchist groups do this kind of action?
No, not at all, the anarchist movement stems from the militant workers movement of the
beginning of the 20th century, so there is ample experience but the struggle between labor
and capital has, in our opinion, escaped a bit of attention lately.
A good example outside the Netherlands is for example in the English city of Brighton.
There, there is the local group of the Solidarity Federation (an anarcho-syndicalist trade
union), they do many successful campaigns against bosses and small house farmers. A sector
in which they are specifically very active and successful is the so-called "hospatlity"
sector. That's everyone who works in cafes, restaurants, hotels, etc. Here's a nice video
how they work:
And here is a list of campaigns that they have won.
But closer to home you also have several initiatives, such as the Work Group Work Group of
the Free Association. see here for more info https://www.vrijebond.org/arbeid/
And of course the people from Vloerwerk, who have already had several successful campaigns
and squeezed thousands and thousands of euros in arrears from the bosses.
So are you being fired by the boss? do not go deprivate netflixing with your dull head!
Direct Action Sets the Moods!!!
Anarchist Group Amsterdam
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