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(en) Slovakia, Priama Akcia: Report on the activities of the union Direct Action for the year 2022 (ca, de, it, pt, tr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 21 Jan 2023 09:59:46 +0200

The past year was quite varied and challenging at the same time. In addition to several problems at the workplaces, we prepared rather intensively for the 28th Congress of the International Workers' Association (MAP) in Spain. We supported several activities in Slovakia and abroad, participated in fundraising and took care of the preparation of the International Week against non-payment of wages. And that wasn't all. You can learn more from this annual report. ---- CAMPAIGN ---- "Problems at work?" ---- At the beginning of the year, we published an article about problems in a restaurant in Bardejov, where the employer refused to pay the employee's salary. We discussed the problem together and finally she managed to get the money.

We pointed out other problems common in gastra - sexist behavior, sexual harassment and use of the female body in order to achieve better sales in the VEGAN KIOSK in Bratislava.

We also dealt with the problem of unpaid money and demanding compensation for damages in a restaurant business, where the boss also refused to reimburse the employee for extra hours worked. We clarified the possibilities of how to proceed and the employee decided to try it "for good". In this case, she was lucky and the problem was solved.

Another case also involved a woman working in a restaurant. After the termination of the employment relationship, her employer did not pay her the agreed salary and caused her a debt in the health insurance company. The problem is still not solved.

We were also contacted by a worker who was dismissed from the language school without notice. After our additional questions, communication from the worker did not continue.

In another case, we dealt with two workers for unpaid wages after they filed a criminal complaint, which apparently led nowhere. However, they decided to wait with possible joint steps to see how the investigation turns out.

A worker in another restaurant in Bratislava did not receive the tringelty for payment, despite the owner's promise. In our communication, we encouraged her to persevere in her demands, which paid off and the owner paid everything.

We wrote a summary of these cases as part of the Week against non-payment of wages here:https://www.priamaakcia.sk/Gastro-firma-mi-nechce-vyplatit-tringelt-co-s-tym-Priklad-z-praxe.html

In addition to these problems, people also turned to us with problems of a more community nature. In one case we discussed the possibilities of how to proceed in a neighborhood dispute, in the other case of bullying at an elementary school.

International week against non-payment of wages

The "week" was declared in 2019 by the International Workers' Association (MAP) with the aim of highlighting the phenomenon of non-payment of wages and the possibility of struggle using anarcho-syndicalist methods. From October 10 to 16, MAP unions drew attention to this problem in various ways. Our stickers and posters appeared in the streets of Bratislava and Kosice, and we published a text on the website about the cases of unpaid wages that we dealt with over the past year. We also reported on similar cases abroad and also reminded of the brochure in which we describe in detail how we solve problems at workplaces. You can find a summary of international activities during the Week here: https://www.priamaakcia.sk/Sprava-o-Medzinarodnom-tyzdni-proti-nevyplacaniu-miezd-10--16-oktober-2022-.html


Union Courier in Russia

In early August, we published a call for solidarity with the Courier union in Russia and for the release of their imprisoned activist Kirill Ukraintsev. He was arrested in April for calling for mobilization on social networks against violations of labor rights in delivery services and taxi services. He faces up to five years in prison for "calling or participating in an unauthorized assembly more than twice within 180 days."

Financial support of WSF from Pakistan

Support of the activities of Workers Solidarity Federation to help people who came due to floods and their homes.

Financial support of Assembly in Ukraine

Also thanks to the financial contribution of the Priama Akcia union, it was possible to collect money for the communal heating project in the suburbs of Kharkiv before the coming winter.

Solidarity in the dispute of CNT-AIT in Spain against the company Carrozados Tecai

We joined the call of CNT-AIT Toledo and sent protest e-mails in support of a friend fired for union activities at Tecai.


We prepared and published an interview with a 14-year-old elementary school student about the mobilization for the climate strike at her school.

We organized a collective reading/discussion of the book Hope Against Hope, which deals with the libertarian-communist view of the climate crisis.

We were involved in the activities of the MAP working group, which was devoted to the anarcho-syndicalist view of the climate crisis, and we prepared some outputs for further discussion at the level of the MAP Congress.


We responded to the war by supporting internationalist activities in Ukraine and Russia and by translating statements opposing the Ukrainian and Russian states - a text from CNT-AIT Spain , an interview with KRAS - MAP Russia , an interview with the anarchist collective Assembly from Kharkiv .


PA Congress

In May, an organization-wide PA meeting was held, where we evaluated various activities with the aim of improving functioning and planning the next period of activity.

MAP Congress

We participated in the 28th Congress of the International Workers' Association in Alcoa, Spain, where several points that we proposed for the agenda were discussed (they related, for example, to the climate crisis, the strategy for the development of small and starting anarcho-syndicalist organizations, but also other topics).

Open meetings in Bratislava, Kosice and Trnava

After the pandemic, we successfully resumed open meetings with our union for people who are interested in a class approach and want to join existing activities or come up with new ideas ( https://www.priamaakcia.sk/ Sprava-z-otvorenych-stretnuti-v-Kosiciach-av-Bratislava.html and https://www.priamaakcia.sk/spravy/Otvorene-stretnutie-zvazu-Priama-akcia-v-Trnave-a-Bratislava-27- a-28-10-.html ).

Contacts with anti-authoritarian collectives in Bratislava

We also participated in meetings that help to get to know people in other anti-authoritarian collectives in Bratislava better.

Informal events

We also met at recreational events - we organized two tourist trips and two barbecues.

May Day and barbecue in Vienna

On May 1, we accepted the invitation of the Vienna Workers' Union (WAS) for a picnic and participation in the May Day demonstration. More at: https://www.priamaakcia.sk/Prvy-maj-vo-Viedni-s-ucastou-slovenskeho-a-rakuskeho-zvazu-MAP.html

We also met WAS in Vienna in August, at a barbecue .


Contact questionnaire

Thanks to the questionnaire www.priamaakcia.sk/zapoj-sa , we established contact with several people, even in regions where we do not currently operate.

Cultural and educational events

Our member was a guest in a discussion in Liptovský Mikulás dedicated to the problems associated with organizing at workplaces , where she shared experiences from specific struggles at workplaces together with other invitees.

We took part in the side events of the anti-fascist festival Povstanie zezí , where we had an information stand and helped with the preparation of the banner.


We participated in two larger protests in Bratislava. In the first case, it was a protest against poverty organized by the Confederation of Trade Unions, for which we prepared a leaflet and a critical opinion .

In the second case, it was a protest after the murder of two people from the queer community , during which the systemic connections of oppression were also discussed.


We plan to focus more on the "Problems at work?" campaign, for which we are preparing to edit promotional materials.

We believe that in the new year we will establish contacts with people in the regions as we have succeeded in the last two years (also thanks to the short questionnaire at this link: www.priamaakcia.sk/zapoj-sa).

We are waiting for the 100th anniversary celebrations of MAP, which will be connected with several internal and public events. The main events with international participation will take place in Bratislava ( March 4, FB ) and Kosice ( April 1, FB ), but they will not be the only ones and a lot will also depend on the interest of people in other regions of Slovakia.

We will continue with open meetings, practical workshops will take place, we have a lot of work ahead of us in the MAP working group dedicated to the climate crisis, but we will not miss the collective reading of interesting publications, and we are also planning other informal meetings.

Union Direct Action

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