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(en) Poland, Posnan, Workers' Initiative of Anarchist Federation

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://www.workers-initiative.poland.prv.pl/)
Date Fri, 11 Oct 2002 12:23:42 -0400 (EDT)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

The Workers' Initiative of Anarchist Federation
is a group fighting for workers' rights. It functions like a federations, what
means - it's a voluntary association of people, in which every partaker has
equal right of taking a decision in matters relating to him. Among W.I./A.F.
members are students, employees, workers and unemployed. This is how
they describe their purposes:

" Nowadays workers are often unorganised, divided among firms, they can't
keep in touch with themselves, they are intimidated and devoid of self -
confidence. This situation favours employers, that can without any obstacles
exploit their employees to the highest degree. In the same time - throng of
employees are deprived of the right to union activity. To them belongs
workers of super and hyper markets, external networks of restaurants and
staff of small and medium business. The only way out of this sick situation is
aim to change of social relations and consciousness and the fight for full
influence on work place through the formation of movement proceeding
from the ranks and leaning on voluntary self-govermentary. Only by self -
organisation and merger we can gain our rights and back pays, stop the
reduction of employment etc. The idea of inter-human and inter-firm
solidarity has to stay in our consciousness once again!!!"

Workers' Initiative ? Anarchist Federation refers directly to the traditions of
anarcho- sindicalists movement, which was of importance especially in
France and Spain. When it has its days - those kind of trade unions was
concentrating hundreds of thousands of workers. They were fighting for
workers' rights actively by radical methods. Workers' Initiative ? Anarchist
Federation has its partakers and sympathisers in every bigger polish town.
The section from Pozna˝ actively assists in saving work places in Hipolit
Cegielski Pozna˝ Factory and others firms from Pozna˝.

                                               THE APPEAL
27th SEPTEMBER 2002

H. Cegielski Pozna˝ Works (HCP), which belongs to the Treasury, are one of the
most famed firms in Wielkopolska. It used to empoly over 20 000 workers, now in
result of neo-liberal politic of the government, the company is in the danger of

Mass dismissals of Cegielski's workers are being executed. In the year 2002 it can
even include over 1000 people. At January this year 216 workers were dissmised,
now 328 are being dissmised, till the end of the year another reductions of
employment are expected - even 400 workers can lose their job.Additionaly in
companies that belong to HCP, the dissmisals will include about 200 people.

In a result of politic of intimidation and manipulation as well as thanks to treason of
big trade unions, only part of HCP's workers wage - together with Workers' Initiative
/ Anarchist Federation section Pozna˝ - a struggle for their rights.
We have organised pickets in front of the works and the seat of authorities - 23th
May, 20th Jun, 28th Jun ( a manifestation and a march through the city streets), 9th
July, 11th July, 18th July, 7th August - demending discontinuing of dissmisals. Till this
moment our efforts haven't succeed - few people from the group of 328 intendent
for dissmisals already get their terminations.

At 27th of September in co-operation with others fighting trade unions and workers'
organizations, we plan an all-polish Action of Solidarity with Cegielski's workers.
Seeing that we appeal to all our friends from foreign lands for realization in this day
pickets of solidarity in front of polish embassies. Even group of few people that will
lay claim to lot of polish workers will be a great and efficient help for us.

We can also declare, in the name of workers from Pozna˝, that we will actively
respond on similar appeals for help and support for protesting workers from
different parts of the world.

We have to fight together with neo-liberal politic of the State and the capital.

Workers' Initiative of Anarchist Federation
Katarzyna Roszak, P.O.Box 5, 60-966 Pozna˝ 31, POLAND,
e-mail: katarina25@wp.pl
tel. +48505757302

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