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From "oap international" <oap@linkeseite.zzn.com>
Date Tue, 17 Dec 2002 09:26:23 -0500 (EST)

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>>>>>>>>>>> http://republika.pl/paspartoo0/wi/ozarow.htm

The workers of the cable factory in Ożarów have protested without any
brake for over seven months. They are blocking the main gate of factory to
make carries out of the machine industrial impossible.
 The factory had worked without any problems (a lot of orders, good
 financial position, work on three shifts) as long as Tele-Fonica bought it. The
 new owner, Bogusław Ciupał, from day to day dismissed all crew and
stopped the production.
The official reason why the factory should be closed was that marketplace
of the telephonic cables broke down. The owner made nothing of the
workers who could produce every kind of cables (not only telephonic), had
a new technology, good machines and had fulfilled every order. No
negotiation with the workers had been made. That's shows how owner of
Tele-Fonica who has monopoly in the polish marketplace treats people
working for him.
All industrial machines are going to be carried out, a ground belonging to
Tele-Fonica is for sale. Nobody cares that the factory gave cost of life for the
great majority of the families from Ożarów and from a neighbourhood.
Workmen have only one postulate (demand) - the factory should work
From the very beginning the workers took into consideration every possible
solution: selling the factory to different owner who would open it, taking over
the plant by the workers. All possible legal ways of showing their helplessness
were used- demonstrations, marches etc.
It's not a secret that the owner of Tele-Fonica, who became rich during policy
transformation in 1989, has support of the local financial and political elite.
That's why all activities going to opening the factory are finished with
debacle. A great number of members of this elite and plant's administration
wanted to close the factory as quickly as possible. They had believed that
the protest would have weakened very quickly. But the workers are decided
to fight to the end.
Last days showed their determination, which became a symbol of a
combat about rights for a work and worthy life.

As a result of 5 days battle with police and private security, 50 people were
arrested. All of them are free now but they may face fines or other prison
sentences. The protest has been going on for months while these workers
have no income. Most of them cannot afford attorneys. Workers' Initaive has
been supporting this protest from the beginning as much as we can. Now we
are calling on comrades to help financially. Now, in this hard and decisive
moments workers of Ożarów really need a strong support from all of us from
outside. Every help is important - it will show that their struggle is not isolated.

We are collecting money through the Anarchist Black Cross.
Funds, with a note "for Ozarow" can be sent to: 

XX odzial poznan
ul.Stary Rynek 44
61-722 Poznan
swift code:
for USD: 10204085-5999100-270-44787
owner: marek piekarski

                          Workers solidarity!

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