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(en) Slovania, priama akcia, COVID-19: Weekly Summary of Struggles for Life, Health and Work (I.) [machine translation]
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:18:52 +0300
On our FB,we have published several examples of struggles working around the world against the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in
recent days. It would be a pity if they fell into the dust, so we will publish it on the web in the form of weekly summaries. The first
weekly summary includes: wild strikes in Amazon, France, doctors strikes in Nigeria, resistance working in the auto industry, occupying
vacant homes in the US, hospital staff strike in London and nurses refusing to smear Canada. ---- Wild strike in Amazon, France ---- Workers
today in three French warehouses of Amazon (Montélimar, Chalon sur Saône and Douai) entered a wild strike due to a lack of protective
measures. They do not have soaps, suitable taps for washing, no hydroalcoholic gels, the distance of 1.5 meters between work stations is not
Thank you for your info at CNT-AIT France.
Unlimited strike of doctors in Nigeria
Doctors in Nigeria's capital Abuja announced on Tuesday that they are entering an indefinite strike despite the fact that the country is
beginning to increase the numbers of infected coronavirus. The reason is that they have not received wages for more than two months.
According to the head of the medical association, the remaining medical staff, who suffer from the same problems, will join the strike
within 48 hours.
Automotive in the USA - (non) closing factories, wild strikes and unions
Yesterday the world was reported to report that the three largest US car manufacturers (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors and Ford)
will close their factories. Not concluded. UAW trade unions have reached a "compromise". There will be "rotating partial closures". The
alleged reason for the limitation is positive tests for COVID-19 in workers. The solution should be better hygiene, cleaning the premises,
longer breaks and canceling overtime.
But let's add that at least two small wild strikes have already taken place in Fiat. There were 17 paint shop workers in Detroit and were
not working 24 hours in Ontario last week when workers found their colleague had a positive test for COVID-19. Unions themselves were also
threatened with strikes before the negotiations. We will see if their compromise dampens the insanity of the workers. The closure of most
Fiat factories in Europe was preceded by wild strikes.
Strike of low-paid London hospital staff
30 workers from Lewishame Hospital, London, refused to work on Thursday, March 12. These were the staff from the cleaning services, the
porter's lodge and the canteen. The hospital was privatized in November and already in February there were problems with payouts. The strike
was due to the fact that they did not receive the money in March. The Lewisham Hospital was the first in London to have a patient with
COVID-19. Staff is in charge of keeping the hospital clean and safe, but struggling to survive. As GMB trade union leader said, "For many of
them, missing a paycheck means inability to pay rent or provide food for families."
Homeless families in Los Angeles occupy empty houses
They took this step after the authorities were unable to provide housing to protect them from the coronavirus pandemic. The first houses
occupied last Saturday, on Wednesday they occupied twelve. They were inspired by a similar action by Moms 4 Housing mothers in Oakland last
year. Both groups are assisted by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment to promote affordable community housing. The houses
were bought by Caltrans in the 1950s in the hope that a motorway project would be implemented (the houses were to be demolished). However,
the project eventually came down and the houses were neither used nor repaired. "They claim it is a crime to come and occupy these houses.
But this is not a crime. It's the right thing, "one of the new residents said.
https://www.latimes.com/homeless -housing / story / 2020-03-14 / homeless-moms-occupy-house-los-angeles-caltrans-coronavirus-pandemic The
nurses in Edmonton refused to remove smears without the necessary masks
About 30 nurses from three Edmonton testing clinics used the right to refuse to work in response to the opinion of the Health Supervision
Authority in the province of Alberta that they are not entitled to N95 respirators (equivalent to the European FFP3 standard). It is the
nurses who consider it appropriate protection.
Nasopharyngeal swabs are also part of COVID-19 testing. Nurses use surgical masks. However, N95 respirators sit more firmly on the face and
protect against aerosol.
Trade unions have stated that all first-line workers who come into contact with patients who are suspected or actually have COVID-19 should
have access to N95 respirators because there is no scientific consensus on how the virus spreading. Therefore, the trade unions must follow
the precautionary principle.
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