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(en) Slovakia, Priama Akcia: Report on the activities of the association Direct Action for the year 2023 (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 11 Apr 2024 08:19:09 +0300


We will certainly remember the year 2023 as one of the most active and challenging. We devoted ourselves to activities with an international dimension, such as events on the occasion of the centenary of the International Workers' Association or the International Week against non-payment of wages, but also solving problems at workplaces in Slovakia, workshops, recreational events, etc. Here is the summary.
CAMPAIGN
100 years of MAP
On the occasion of 100 years of the International Workers' Association, we organized public events in Bratislava (March 4) and Koshice (April 1) with the participation of delegations from the Organise! (in Bratislava), SolFed, WAS, PA and the MAP Secretariat.

During both, we clarified important historical events in the development of MAP. The delegations then talked about current experiences from anarcho-syndicalist practice in individual countries, but also, for example, about how they came to the ideas of anarcho-syndicalism and why they give them meaning from a practical point of view in their lives.

We added the Slovak context to the anniversary of the establishment of MAP through an exhibition about our activities in the years 2000-2022.

The event in Koshice was additionally enriched with great performances in the style of slam poetry and a concert. We had vegan refreshments at both events - in Bratislava we provided it, in Koshice the local group Food Not Bombs (FB), for which we are very grateful.

Problems at workplaces

In March, we closed a problem lasting more than a year in one restaurant in Bratislava. We helped a former employee who contacted us write a letter demanding payment of money, which included unpaid wages, health insurance debt and lost unemployment benefits. The employer complied with all of these requirements essentially within a few hours of sending the letter.

We also addressed other problems at workplaces in various cities in Slovakia and discussed with the workers the possibilities of solving their problems and potential disputes. These were companies of different sizes and focus (art school, IT company, car manufacturer, transport company, etc.).

International week against non-payment of wages

The "week" was declared by MAP in 2019 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. For the first time in Slovakia, we also prepared street promotion in the form of special stickers and posters that were put up in Bratislava, Trnava and Koshice. This attempt proved to be effective, as several people with unpaid wages came forward thanks to the posters. You can find a summary of international activities during the Week here: https://www.priamaakcia.sk/Aktivity-pocas-Medzinarodneho-tyzdna-proti-nevyplacaniu-miezd.html

SOLIDARITY ACTIVITIES

Participating in a queerfeminist demonstration

In Slovakia, several political parties are trying to enforce laws with the aim of worsening the lives of women and queer people. There have already been several demonstrations against these efforts, which we supported also because they were organized in an egalitarian spirit and included criticism of capitalism and state institutions. One of those was the demonstration on March 8 in Bratislava.

Solidarity with CNT-AIT Spain

Together with other MAP organizations, we participated in days of solidarity with CNT-AIT. We published a text about the situation and the attempts of the Spanish unions belonging to the CIT international to destroy the CNT-AIT union.

DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS

PA convention

An organization-wide PA meeting was held in November. We evaluated previous activities in order to improve functioning and planned the next period of activity.

Open meetings meeting30.9._Skalica_IG_2

Another of our regular activities are open meetings in Bratislava, Trnava and Koshice. They are intended for people who want to actively solve problems at work, contribute to the discussion with their own topics, or participate in ongoing and planned PA activities. Thanks to new contacts, we also managed to organize one open meeting in Skalica and take the necessary steps for the first meetings in other locations in 2024.

Shared reading

He has been engaged in this activity for several years, thanks to which we could collectively talk about several interesting publications. In the autumn, another round began with an exceptional text by the Group of Internationalist Communists entitled "Fundamental Principles of Communist Production and Distribution", which deals with the organization of a society without capitalism and the state, presents a devastating critique of state capitalism and represents the possibilities of how to ensure economic life in a free self-governing society. We are also interested in this topic in the broader context associated with the vision of a non-capitalist society facing the consequences of climate change.

MAP online meeting: Queer situation and struggles at workplaces in different countries

In July, there was an online discussion about the connection between queer struggles and struggles in the workplace. Friends from MAP from Poland (ZSP), Slovakia (PA), the United Kingdom (SF), Serbia (ASI) and the USA (WSA) participated in it. The main goal was to share experiences from previous battles and activities.

Informal activities

In the summer, we went on a hike to the Schneeberg mountain in the Austrian Alps.

Barbecues, which we organized in summer and autumn in Bratislava and Koshice, were also related to relaxation and socialization.

2024_BA_opekacka

Climate Crisis Working Group

At the MAP congress in Alcoa in 2022, the MAP unions agreed to continue the work of the working group on the climate crisis. Even in 2023, we met with workers from other countries and discussed the current situation and organizing around this issue from anarcho-syndicalist positions.

PUBLICATIONS

A novelty among our publications was a leaflet in which we presented the functioning of the anarcho-syndicalist union.

We have also prepared the second edition of the publication Bojujeme za seba: Anarcho-syndicalism and class struggle. We personally participated in the printing works at the Druckraum printing house in Vienna, which is run by friends from the WAS union.

druckraum_tlac

We have also updated the temporary agency brochure, which contains experiences with problems in temporary agencies, but also an attempt to generalize, the legal framework of the issue and some advice on how to succeed when problems arise.

PROMOTION

We participated in anarchist book fairs in Prague (May) and Brno (October). In Prague, as part of the MAP centennial events, we also had a presentation on the history of MAP, and we also came to Brno with an exhibition on the history of our union and the presentation "Anarcho-syndicalism - experiences with campaigns, disputes and the functioning of the Priama Akcia union".

In addition, we visited several music and anti-fascist events with our publications, where we established new contacts.

WORKSHOPS

Workshop on collective self-defense

During the first half of the year, we organized three workshops in Bratislava. The first was focused on a collective approach to security and self-defense. The goal was to learn to correctly assess safety in various situations, how to behave when alone in a dangerous situation or how to help someone from the position of a bystander.

Workshop and rodo in the Slovak language

The second workshop was devoted to language and the use of gender in texts and in everyday speech, as the Slovak language historically has strong patriarchal elements that exclude women and non-binary people. In connection with the centenary of MAP, we have decided that the practical part of the workshop will be modifications of the existing Slovak translation of the MAP statutes.

Workshop on dominance techniques

The third workshop focused on dominance techniques that we encounter in and outside the workplace. We have learned how to recognize these techniques, defend against them, and prevent them from being used against us and our associates. Techniques such as ridicule, obfuscation, withholding information, blaming or the double bind lead to the construction and maintenance of power structures. And since the struggle against such structures is an important theme of anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism, we consider it important to constantly learn how to respond to these techniques, whether in workplaces, schools or activist collectives.

All three workshops were conducted by persons who have experience with the mentioned topics. Thanks again!

PLANS FOR 2024

We would briefly summarize the plans as follows: more activities aimed at solving problems in the workplace (including student brigades), open meetings in regions where they have not been held before, workshops, activities aimed at relaxation, socialization and promotional activities, and much more. If you want to get involved or make contact, come to one of the events where we will be, or fill out the online form: https://www.priamaakcia.sk/zapoj-sa.

Union Direct Action

https://www.priamaakcia.sk/Sprava-o-cinnosti-zvazu-Priama-akcia-za-rok-2023.html
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