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(en) Turkey, genc isci: We Are Walking On May 1st! in the shadow of the corona crisis. (tr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 8 May 2021 09:53:40 +0300

This is our second May 1, when we walked in the shadow of the corona crisis. ---- Since the beginning of the corona crisis, we have been asked to either work or be imprisoned at home under all circumstances. Either hunger or virus... During this 15-month period; We have witnessed various variations of persecution, from starvation to death. Secured working conditions that were not provided before were completely forgotten with the corona crisis. ---- As if it was not enough that we were exploited, we were branded with Code-29, with immorality. While the bosses who stole our lives were patted in every new ban called precaution, we did not have a single moment when we did not feel the pressure on us. In the shadow of the corona crisis, we are walking to May 1, again and with new bans.

Once upon a time we were absent. Some prohibitions drove us to starvation, some worse. We were everywhere. On the engine, at the head of the grille, between the racks... Sometimes we were visible and sometimes not. While some of us have been working under inappropriate conditions with the virus for 1 year, some of us only had the chance to work for 1 month. Should we say, "If we are workers, this is our destiny"?

The Prohibitions of Power But Protect the Bosses

Is it our health or the wealth of the bosses, which is protected by the sum of "measures" where the curfew is prohibited but production, distribution and service are not stopped? We are those who were forced to work and will be employed in those days. The current bans, like the previous ones, destroy life. This continued exploitation continues its conditions. It justifies the violation of bosses. In response to these bans, the number of cases in the tables is expected to decrease. Our lives are reduced to an uncertain number of cases.

In this process transforming from an epidemic into an economic and social crisis; We have always been blamed, as if they were responsible for all of this. Yeah; we did not fit the distance, we did not wear a mask, we did not take care of our cleanliness. None of those who said these wore a mask for 8 hours continuously. None of them once attempted to finish the grocery queue quickly within minutes before the ban began; chief on top of it, with the manager on camera. While none of them were counting minutes on the engine, they were not under the vehicle coming from the opposite lane. We stayed and we continue to stay.

Aside from the maps painted in yellow-orange-red according to certain needs, turquoise tables consisting of uncertain numbers; We know very well the reasons for the real picture created that has been neglecting our lives for 15 months. The bosses who always want more profit, their never-ending passion for production that never meets our needs... And the governments that offer package support to the bosses, delete tax debts, and give credit on credit while distributing alms to us so that this cycle can proceed smoothly.

From Baldur to Cargill, from Galataport to Migros, from PTT to Sinbo, from SML Label to Yemeksepeti ...

State assurance to bosses every time they get stuck; uninsurance, part-time charity, full-time overtime, all kinds of manipulations for the sake of de-unionisation... They came across us with these all over the geography. They continue the attack with their chief, manager, yellow union, scab, boss, police, power.

Now, those who ban the streets on May 1 with the excuse of an epidemic want us to be at work on May 1. They prove once again that the bans are about interests, not epidemics.

While we carry the contact plates for 12 hours a day, fold and replace a sweater that has been tried over and over 40 times, while finishing the endless long queues, gas-braking until midnight, we talk to each other that the prohibitions are not related to the epidemic, and that we cannot escape except to organize.

Today, we say to those who ban the squares that they cannot prohibit life. We are the organizers of this life, the workers. We know that solidarity and resistance are inevitable for us workers in the face of all oppression and we are marching to May Day as young workers!

We Are Walking On May 1st!

We are those who have been on strike for months, those who want their job, those who are unemployed; those who committed suicide, we were injured; we are those who died on the engine, were killed. Resisting detained in front of the boss's villa, handcuffed and tortured, "Enough is enough!" we say.

Those who try to prevent May Day with these cheap bans must have forgotten, let us remind you:

We are the ones who created May Day with a general strike saying "8 hours a day".

As the creators of May Day in 1886 said, "If you believe that by hanging us you will destroy the labor movement, a movement that attracted millions, millions of workers in poverty, do not stop, hang us! Here you will destroy a spark, but there will be other sparks in front of you and everywhere behind you. This is a fire that burns inside. You cannot put out this fire. A day will come when our silence will be much stronger than the voices you drown today. Long Live Anarchism! " we say.

We are the ones who will break through the crises they call pandemics as well as the prohibitions they call precautions!

We know that the real virus is the bosses, the real epidemic is capitalism, like its name!

We are the ones who see the helplessness of this parasitic herd in the face of resistance and solidarity, who do not try to stop, silence and leave us alone!

And on this May 1st, we are walking with our hands that created the world, with our hearts carrying a new world, with our daily growing struggle!

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