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(en) CNT-AIT: An example of anarchosyndicalist struggle: CNT-AIT versus BURGER KING
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:35:54 +0300
The "Amalgameted Workers CNT-AIT Union" in the city of Albacete (Spain), informed the
whole staff of the Burger King's restaurants in this city of the dispute they initiated
against the management of the company, for their systematic violation of the rights of
workers and unions. ---- The CNT-AIT union is made up of Burger King workers and other
workers in An example of anarchosyndicalist struggle: CNT-AIT Albacete(SPAIN) against
BURGER KING ---- The "Amalgameted Workers CNT-AIT Union" in the city of Albacete (Spain),
informed the whole staff of the Burger King's restaurants in this city of the dispute they
initiated against the management of the company, for their systematic violation of the
rights of workers and unions.
The CNT-AIT union is made up of Burger King workers and other workers in solidarit. The
CNT-AIT union does not stand for union elections, does not participate in the works
council and has no permanent staff. It is organized as an assembly of workers who decide
for themselves their demands and their strategy, without political or religious external
The CNT-AIT union has written to the management of 4 franchised restaurants in Albacete
(Tejares, Imaginalia, Albacenter and Autovía 31) the list of workers' demands that the
company must respect immediately.
The staff of these Burger King restaurants suffer from poor working conditions:
- non-compliance with employment contracts by the company,
- work contracts that do not comply with legal requirements,
- non-compliance with job descriptions
- non-compliance with collective agreements, particularly on hiring and working hours,
- social security fraud,
- understaffing, especially for cleaning, etc ...
The Works Council (in which the CNT-AIT does not participate by ethical principle) also
denounced this situation, in parallel with our direct denunciation.
The company thad began to partially respond to our demands, by providing work clothes and
returning within the framework of the collective agreement, particularly on the respect of
employment contracts. But to go further in the satisfaction of all claims, it is clear
that this will depend on the effort, unity and commitment of all the workers.
The obligation to give a set of work's clothes to any worker is a compulsory part of the
employment contract. But the management had not been fulfilled for a long time. The
obligation for the boss is to give each employee a cap, a belt, an ID badge, two
polo-shirts and two pants. Although the company's management gave us only one polo-shirt
and one pair of trousers, he says he attaches great importance to personal hygiene. We are
forced to work with only one work uniform but this is only one of the most visible
problems for all workers. The lies of the management go as far as the signing of illegal
The most important problem is certainly that the company force us to sign part-time
contracts that are systematically illegal, simply because it serves bests the exclusive
interest of the company.
Some of the irregularities include hiring conditions, lack of staff, non-compliance with
the legal working hours and, in particular, non-compliance with the 12-hour break between
two days of work. The schedules are never rated, so the workers work according to the good
will of the management, without being paid for overtime. As a result, there is a general
feeling of awkwardness amongst all the employees.
Among the most controversial measures, the Regional Labor Inspectorate declared
unconstitutional the obligation imposed by the company on employees to shave their beards.
Our union is radically opposed to this corporate action because it is used by management
as a means of intimidating workers on a disciplinary basis.
The company policy, which only seeks to increase its profit at all costs to the detriment
of hygiene, has only resulted in the closure of a restaurant in August by the Services of
Hygiene inspection ... This paradoxically has caused the company to lose thousands and
thousands of euros.
In the face of all these attacks, the company must know that Burger King workers will not
quietly sit idly by.
We know that the company is very concerned about the intervention of the CNT-AIT in this
dispute. Management has been researching who are the people behind the CNT-AIT. (As the
CNT-AIT does not participate in elections nor to Works Council, nor it has any public
representative, management can not identify who are the "leaders" ... For the good reason
that the CNT-AIT unions operating in assembly so there is no "leader" that the Directorate
could buy or intimidate ...)
That is why CNT-AIT addressed all Burger King staff to encourage them to promote a
permanent assembly of workers. An assembly where everyone can participate and get involved
in the fight, until its ultimate conclusion which will be the end once and for all of the
precariousness in this enterprise.
Organized workers, boss intimidated!
The strength of the workers is solidarity.
Burger King, the king of precariousness.
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