* Serbian workers from "Termoelektro" company in struggle with "Montes del Plata" in Uruguay
The workers from Serbian company "Termoelektro" were subcontracted by their company, and via several intermediaries, to the Austrian firm "Kresta" (under name "Felvok") and they were sent to Uruguay to participate in construction of a large factory for production of cellulose, for the company "Montes de Plata". They haven't received any payment for their work (around 10,000 US$ each). They weren't provided with working but only touristic visas, which expired several months ago - and are forced to pay 20 US$ for every extra day that they are staying in Uruguay. As of this moment, every worker owes state of Uruguay more than 700 US$. As they were struggling for their payment, they were staying in two camps but the bosses have have decided even to kick them out of those camps! Their Mess cards and access to the workplace has been blocked. The workers are without money, food and possibility to return to Serbia. This is when ASI from Serbia has contacted the workers and started a campaign for their support.
Anarcosyndicalists from all over the world, federated in the IWA, are in solidarity with the workers of Isban (Santander Group), demanding the reinstatement of a dismissed comrade and an end to the outsourcing of the workers.
COB in Brazil organized informational actions and protests in cities like Aracajú and Araxá at the end of September.
The ZSP from Poland concentrated its efforts on actions in Warsaw. There the Santander group has important strategic interests in expansion through the acquisition of new banks. The police and security presence at the entrance of the bank called even more attention to the comrades.
The anarchosyndicalists of Montevideo visited the headquarters of Santander Bank in Uruguay, informing about the conflict in the office and outside.
The Portuguese Section of the IWA organized informational acts in the center of Lisbon and Oporto.
In Norway, the NSF informed people in the center of Oslo. There the information was well received and people were interested in knowing more details about the conflict.
In the UK, the Solidarity Federation visited banks in Brighton and Hove with informational posters about the conflict.
In Germany, FAU in Koln informed about the conflict.
CNT-AIT-IWA International call: October 1st, day of action against Santander Bank worldwide in solidarity with the Isban workers in struggle.
The conflict against Santander Bank-Isban continues to increase with no sign of willingness to dialogue from the company. After the dismissal of Isban CNT-AIT section union delegate, revolutionary unions federated in the IWA-AIT are spreading the message of the workers in struggle and prepare coordinated actions worldwide.
After the acquittal of six Belgrade anarchists in the case of the attack on the Greek Embassy was overturned by the Appeal court in mid 2011, the process against Tadej Kurepa, Sanja Dojkić, Ivan Savić, Nikola Mitrović, Ratibor Trivunac and Ivan Vulović was reactivated for political reasons. To that fact information should be added that the process is prolonged ad infinitum, with the obvious intention of keeping the accused "on a leash". Thus today's court hearing was postponed because police "experts" didn't show up again, while their previously produced written analyses is without a doubt favorable for the accused. The trial has been postponed until January 22nd of the following year!
On September 11-14 there were different solidarity actions with Polish workers which took place in different countries. There were actions at embassies and consulates in Spain, Holland, Slovakia and two cities in Australia. Other actions also took place in Spain, where banners were hung, in France, where fliers were handed out during a strike about the situation in Poland and there was an action in a place Polish people work and in Norway. The actions were organized by Priama Akcia in Slovakia, CNT-AIT in Spain and France, ASF from Australia, NSF from Norway and ASB from Holland. Thank you all for the signs of support from abroad!
The International Workers Association (IWA) by its Secretariat strongly condemns the dismissal by the GFK Company of the worker Eva Lopez.
The workers tried to organize for improvements in working conditions, but the result was persecution, harassment, stigmatization and finally a dismissal of Eva. This dismissal is clearly to be seen as retaliation.
The IWA will spread the information about the unjust dismissal worldwide and we will not stop the solidarity until Eva Lopez gets her job back!
Oslo, August 26 - 2013
On behalf of the IWA -Secretariat
Rolf Petter Larsen
Days of Action – September 11-14
In the last two years, the Polish working class has suffered amazing attacks against their rights and working conditions. The retirement age was raised to 67 and most recently, the government did away with the guaranteed 8-hour work day. Unions are responding with protests from September 11-14. We call on people to support by sending messages of solidarity, posting banners or memes on the internet, putting banners or posters in the street, writing articles about the situation and organizing protests at Polish Embassies and Consulates around the world!
The Latest Attacks
The latest attacks on workers' rights include giving employers the right to make their employees work up to 78 hours a week, without overtime pay. This can be done by scheduling all the yearly work in a shorter period and then giving the workers time off during the rest of the year. But the employer is not obliged to pay the normal wages during this time, which means they can essentially pay you significantly less money for the same amount of work.
Such working conditions can now be agreed by an individual worker, despite the unions agreement or lack thereof. It can also be agreed by a workers' representative from a work council. The election of works councils is determined in accordance with regulations set up by the employers and the representative is not accountable to the workers and has no right to start collective disputes.
The latter is clearly a way to undermine the power of unions to negotiate.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation is closely affiliated with Germany's Green Party, which has positioned itself against outsourcing and temporary work. That turns out to be a farce when you look at the Heinrich Böll Foundation's practices. Temps working there make less money than if they were employed directly and the workforce has been split between those with contracts and without. And after temps started organizing themselves, their entire agency was kicked out. We are thus calling for an international week of action against outsourcing and union busting by the Green Party's Heinrich Böll Foundation.
Workers there who joined the FAU Berlin and made this scandalous state of affairs public in May are no longer welcome at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, who conveniently decided to change temp agencies to rid themselves of the problem. In Germany, employers cannot normally kick out workers so easily, but thanks to outsourcing the Heinrich Böll Foundation had an easy time of it: If the temps raise their voice, we'll change the contractor. We call what the Heinrich Böll Foundation is doing union busting and demand that they give those they kicked out permanent contracts with standard wages.
Solidarity and legal defense for repressed workers and unionists!
In the battle against exploitation, workers in Poland are currently in a very weak position. In many companies, workers' rights are violated and they would like to make their situation known. Unfortunately, for talking publically about these violations, workers are often fired. A good example was the recent case of Jarek, fired from BRW Sofa for an article in the paper about how the Labour Code was violated in his factory. And there are many situations like this.
Because ZSP published what workers said about that company, BRW Sofa has got the police on us - the Department of Economic Crimes - trying to track people down and presumably start some criminal case. Nobody knows what crime BRW imagines we have committed. The company is owned by one of the richest men in Poland, and goes after workers and activists who defend them.