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(en) Slovakia, priama akcia: Activity Report of the Association Direct Action for 2019 [machine translation]
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 08:28:08 +0200
Winning the restaurant dispute, participating in climate strikes, solidarity with the sections of the International Workers' Association
(MAP) and social movements in France and Chile - this was part of our activities in 2019. However, we have also addressed other requests for
support with problems on workplaces (although they did not eventually result in disputes). We also resumed the organization of open
meetings, launched a campaign ("Don't vote for enough") and started preparing for this year's 20th anniversary. And as always, on our
website and FB page we reported on the struggles of the workers. ---- DISCUSSION CONSTITUTIONS DIRECT ACTION ---- Payment of debt pay and
wage compensation before dispute ---- In February 2019, we managed to win a victory in a Bratislava bistro, which did not pay the former
employee Jakub a wage and compensation of more than 500 euros. In 19 days (just before our union entered the open dispute), Jakub's money
came to his account. We worked on the experience and lessons learned in the dispute in three articles, including an interview with Jakub.
In addition to engaging in disputes, we also helped other workers with problems they had in the workplace, but did not want to resolve them
by entering the dispute.
Responding to the call from CNT-France to support the yellow vest movement
In February 2019, at the initiative of the CNT (MAP France), we supported the yellow vest movement . We visited the French Embassy in
Bratislava with a request for the release of imprisoned activists.
CNT-Spain dispute over debt pay
We also responded to a call from the MAP section in Spain to send protest e-mails to support their member requesting payment of the salary.
Participation in climate strikes
In autumn we attended both protest actions in Bratislava. During the first one, on September 20, 2019, we joined the "dark green block". We
also published our opinion on the climate strike and climate crisis on the web, where we considered production for profit as a cause of the
current crisis and the challenge facing the workers' movement to combat climate change.
The second event took place on 29 November. Here, too, we had our banners referring to the idea that the fight against climate change
concerns capitalism and is inevitably linked to social issues. We also published a thematic article on the climate strike in education in
https://priamaakcia.sk/spravy/Fotoreport-z-klimatickeho- strrajku- v-Bratislave- 20-9-2019-.html
Solidarity with protesters in Chile
At the request of Proyecto Educativo Libertario activists, we recorded a video in solidarity with the protesters in Chile during the
November climate strike .
Support for the prosecuted anti-fascist activist
In December, we financially supported an activist prosecuted for deliberate damage to property (throwing smoke pipes in front of the Turkish
embassy building). The protest was to symbolize smoke that enveloped the area attacked by the Turkish army in northern Syria.
Exhibitions of posters by the Hogwash team in Bratislava
On May 1st we opened a new exhibitionin Bratislava, which the Hogwashians called Zyeme anything. We chose May 1st as the opening day of the
exhibition deliberately, as Hogwash works with symbols and May 1st is one of the symbols whose meaning was changed in a grotesque way.
The exhibition lasted until August 29, when we closed it publiclyat the opening of the Uprising Continues event. The last day of the
exhibition was special by displaying new (very successful) posters called Zyeme everything.
In September, we wanted to organize a toaster in Bratislava where we and the people who supported us would discuss activities in the region
as well as less serious topics. Due to the weather, the toaster did not work out, but we met anyway and the result of the discussion was,
for example, our involvement in the September climate strike.
The Uprising Festival continues
At the end of August, we again participated in the anti-fascist festival Uprising continues, where we presented our activities and the
campaignProblems at work? .
Open meetings in Bratislava and Košice
In the fall,we resumed open meetings with our association in Bratislava for people interested in classroom access to discussions and
activities in the region. We emphasize that they will have practical results as far as they are doing so far (eg participation in the
climate, expressing solidarity with the protests in Chile ...).
With a similar intention, we organized the first meeting in Košice in December .
A (No) campaign is not enough to vote
In response to the forthcoming parliamentary elections, we launched a campaign in October(Not) to vote not enough to extend the ideas of
self-organization to all regions of Slovakia. We have chosen a simple method of unsticking the labels.
We updated ourbrochure on student work andsupported the release of the Iron Column "We Write History Every Day".
Participation in the Solidarity Federation Congress (MAP-UK)
In June,we attended the Solidarity Federation Congress in Manchester, which was a good opportunity to learn about the positive developments
of our sister organization.
Interview for the Left Blog Pole
In September, an interview with our association was published on the Pole blog. In an uncensored version, we also published it on our
website. In it, we approached the establishment of the organization, the problems associated with organizing at workplaces, various aspects
of litigation, our view of major civil protests in Slovakia, but also the broader dimension of our activities and updates from the MAP. We
prepared a separate article about the Pole incident in which we discussed some of the issues involved in working with the media.
Preparations for the 20th anniversary of the Union
In April 2020 we will celebrate 20 years since the establishment of the organization. Several activities are prepared. The first was a
Christmas present - we made our publications available in EPUB, MOBI and DOC formats .
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