The IWA would like to extend its solidarity and support to the working class of Italy and those who will be on strike this November 14.
Our common enemy is capitalism, which lives off the labor of the working class and it must be destroyed. In order to do this, we support the militant action of workers against the bosses. However, in our view, one day strikes are just a first step. What we need is the radical self-organization of workers, away from the union bureaucrats who are in collaboration with capital. What we need are actions which will spread and last. We call on the workers of Italy and the whole world to organize and increase the pressure!
The IWA would also like to send its solidarity to the comrades of the USI-AIT which will take part in the actions.
November 13, 2014
Cleaners and kitchen staff from Belchatow Hospital will start an indefinite strike on Monday, November 3. The action was called due to the fact that several people on sick leave lost their jobs. The women were workers with disabilities and part of the ZSP union in the hospital. The company servicing the hospital, which employs these women and about 100 other people in the hospital continued to cut staff and in all, 30 people lost their jobs. The rest of the workers decided to join the strike and on Monday, 140 people will walk off the job. The Director may have to evacuate the hospital.
The members of the ZSP union won their jobs back after the last service provider did not accept their transfer. They spent three months unemployed, occupying the hospital and protesting. Finally, a new public tender was held for the services and the women were rehired. However this company also is trying to cut the staff and force the rest of the workers to take on their tasks. The average working time in the hospital is 200 hours per month. Workers with disabilities are entitled to a 35-hour work week.
Various problems occurred when some people took sick leave or wanted to take leave for rehabilitation. (All of the women in the ZSP union have some sort of disability.) Although it is illegal to fire people on sick leave and people with disabilities must not be forced to do a lot of extra work and must be given time for rehabilitation, the price for doing so could be their job.
As we were communicating days ago, the International Workers Association mobilized arround the world in many Truck and Wheel & BMW Group workplaces and establishments. It is a pride for our union and the fired delegate, seeing how we can extend a concrete struggle globally, through mutual aid, class solidarity and direct action.
We have shown to capitalists how we can reproduce a conflict globally when they repress and fire us because of exercising our labour rights, breaking the isolation and the lack of communication between the exploited people worldwide. This was only the beginning, and we will fight until the only possible end to this conflict: the reinstatement of the comerade and the restoration of his union activity.
We will review the mobilization developed from the International Workers Association during this week of International Solidarity, which of course has been supplemented with a powerful media boycott. We have received support from many places: Germany, Australia, Spain, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Norway, Brazil...
On Oct. 11-12, an international conference was held in Bratislava, Slovakia, devoted to problems in the workplace and improving organization. The first day was a public conference where different organizations presented their activity and ways of working while the second day was devoted to discussing how to improve our organizations.
The public conference was entitled „Problems at Work?”. This conference was meant in part to highlight Priama Akcia's „Problems at Work” campaign, which is meant to get more people involved in workplace struggles and into contact with the organization. Representatives of four organizations gave presentations: the Most Solidarity Network from the Czech Republic, Priama Akcia from Slovakia, ZSP from Poland and Solidarity Federation from UK.
The First International was founded on September 28, 1864 in London. It brought together various socialist, anarchist and communist groups, which sought to forward the class struggle through an international organization.
Since the International consisted of organizations and people with a wide-range of philosophies, debate and conflict about the direction of the International was present from the start. The anarchists, especially the mutualists, opposed the communists and statism in general. Later, the entrance of collectivist anarchists into the International permanently divided it into two clear camps: those who supported the state in some way and those who were opposed.
The anarchists favoured direct struggle of the workers. They argued that the Marxists' ideas were authoritarian and if a Marxist type party ever came to power, they would be as bad as the rulers that the workers were fighting against.
The anarchists, in this respect, were proven correct.
For the past year, the our comrades from the CNT have been in conflict with the above companies which outsource IT workers to avoid direct contracting for Santander Bank and some other firms. ISBAN is owned by Santander Bank and is used to avoid direct hiring. In this way, about 10,000 workers are forced to work in more precarious conditions. Our comrade from the IT Workers Union in Madrid was fired after calling
attention to the problems and trying to organize.
The CNT organized actions around Spain and the IWA around the world. A few other organizations and comrades also took part in solidarity actions that were held in 15 countries.
We understand that the solidarity actions did a lot to help! We have been informed that a resolution has been reached in the case of the individual comrade and that the economic compensation is much greater
than normal. We are sure that this is a result of the solidarity campaign.
After more than one year, our comrade has already moved on to another city and other things. Therefore, he decided he would not like to return to his old job.
We can consider this to be a personal victory for the worker, but the larger problem in the company remains. Our comrade IT workers in Spain are fighting in general against these types of working conditions and we wish them the best in their struggles.
Our comrade points out that he is very happy that the results achieved were due to direct action and international pressure. He hopes that this conflict can serve as an example of our way of working, which is
based on solidarity and show that the IWA is an effective tool for workers who want to fight against multinational corporations.
We thank all the comrades who have shown solidarity in this case.
On February 7, 2014, our comrade from CNT in Spain was dismissed from his job as educator at an SOS Children´s Village in Catalonia. He had begun to observe various violations of workers rights including unpaid overtime, not being able to use vacation time, some health and safety violations, etc. etc. He tried to get the employer to comply with norms and also informed the work inspection of these violations. A few days later he was fired. The CNT and the IWA consider that the dismissal was retaliation for the worker insisting that the employer comply with regulations. Action were held on the national level on Spain and solidarity was shown internationally by the IWA Sections. We are pleased to inform that recently this comrade was reinstated in his job.
Just one day after the banker's death, the International Workers Association and affinity groups call for dozens of boycott actions against Santander Bank, Isban and Panel Sistemas in Spain, Germany, UK, Portugal, Argentina, Poland, Mexico and Norway.
The trial for wrongful dismissal is set on the next September 29th in Madrid. Whatever happens, direct action has shown to be the working class's strongest weapon along the conflict.
A CNT union section was formed in Isban-Santander Bank on August 19th, 2013 at Madrid. This group of precarious workers denounced illegal trafficking of staff from Panel Sistemas to Isban.
More than 10,000 workers around the world are affected. They are not considered Isban workers, although they work for Isban in its facilities, with their tools and under their managers' orders.
We strongly condemn what we consider to be the terrorist acts of the Santander group, such as the semi-slave working conditions of thousands of workers not recognized by Isban, the selling of junk bonds and mortgages, investment in arms, tax evasion, etc.
These practices have ultimately ended in the death of a decrepid old man of 79 who bore the "burden" of being the most powerful man in Spain and powerful abroad. All the riches in the world could not prevent him from landing up in the grave at some point.