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(en) Poland, workers in ozarow - update

From Laure <cube@zigzag.pl>
Date Sun, 8 Dec 2002 15:48:47 -0500 (EST)

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Anarchists from Workers' Initiative (Lodz, Warsaw, Poznan and Szczecin) were
in Ozarow again this weekend trying to lend some support to the camp at the
factory. The weather is freezing - at least 20 below- but workers found a
nice way to take advantage of it; they keep pouring water on the roads to
make too much ice near the factory so that trucks can't get near it. The
factory didn't manage to get out all its equipment and send it elsewhere
since the trucks sent last week were met with molotov cocktails and the
like. Of course, after beating the crap out of workers, they did manage to
take some of the equipment away.

One thing that is a little funny (or maybe sad) about some of the workers in
Ozarow (and this may be typical of some non-politicized workers) is that
some of them don't believe that the authorities could possibly charge them
with anything, because "it's the cops and the security guards who beat us
and will get punished". We are usually under the assumption that after such
clashes, people at least get big fines. So really it turns out that the
unions are not good at making people aware of how to behave when at a
protest or even aware of what the consequences of direct actions could be.
There are plenty of video tapes of workers throwing molotovs without their
faces covered or anything but somehow there are people who think nothing
will come of it. We're not so sure. The unions are always interested in
behaving like sheep and negotiating with the government - it doesn't give
advice on actions or how to organize yourself.

A woman from Poznan who has been very active in this protest pointed out a
few ways that we've helped or can help that the unions wouldn't think of.
For example, organizing a press conference for the rank and file. The union
people normally talk for the workers and the rank and file protestors it
turned out had no idea how to contact the media.

Yesterday a couple of workers talked about how they were dreaming of a
general strike, how it would be the only thing to help --- but that there's
no chance of it happening. From how I see, there are plenty of strikes going
on all around the country... the biggest problems are the capitalist
propaganda and lack of imagination.
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