Workers from the hospital in Belchatow, Poland, are fighting for their workplaces. .
Send a protest letter here: soli.zsp.net.pl
Around Poland, hospitals have been outsourcing various services such as cleaning and cooking. When the workers are outsourced, their working conditions become worse and their jobs more precarious.
Cleaners and food servers from Belchatow hospital were outsourced some time ago. This hospital is managed by neoliberals from the ruling party and has a history of union repression. Our comrade was fired for union activity from this hospital. (He was working through a mainstream union at that time.) The mainstream unions have absolutely no interest in the outsourced workers. ZSP does.
When the contractor changed, it is usual that the workers are transferred to the new company. The company that they were working with did not follow the law. 60 women lost their jobs. Women working at the new company are working without any contracts at all.
On May 24, 23 protested at the hospital and will continue will more protests at the offices of the contractor and the province.
We demand direct employment of the workers and compensation for all the time they are without work.
The FORA, the genuine defender of the workers, is celebrating another year today. On May 25, 1901, taking advantage of the holidays for the bourgeois celebration of the "May Revolution", workers organizations from different cities in the Argentina regions met to fulfill their aspirations of creating an organization which would synthesize all its human aspirations of solidarity and liberty.
From here, the Argentine Workers' Federation was formed - since 1904 called the Argentine Regional Workers' Federation, which immediately started to grow and promote the organization in all unions and workplaces, identifying the workers with their principles and methods of struggle.
We can say without a doubt that while the workers' movement was guided by the ideas of FORA, there was healthy trade union activity in the country, and through the Federation the workers brought their claims beyond mere economic or labor conquests, dedicating all their forces to the revolutionary struggle to end the current state of affairs.
Some First of May events of the IWA Sections.
- Buenos Aires: Plaza once 16:00
- Rosario: Pza. Montenegro 17:00
- Neuquén: Anfiteatro del Parque 15:00
As people around the world are pushed into more and more precarious working conditions, as the achievements of decades of struggle of the working class are under attack and growing numbers of working people must survive in conditions of poverty, it is of extreme urgence to organize and mobilize against the exploitation we are suffering.
On the First of May, workers around the globe celebrate an international day of labour, commemorating the strikes of Chicago in 1886 and the martyrdom of the anarchist labour organizers whose lives were unjustly taken by the state, killed for being active in the workers' movement. Like our predecessors, we continue fighting with determination not only for concrete victories of the working class, but also in favor of self-organization and emancipation and for the transformation of society into a world of equals.
The International Workers Association sends its greetings to working people on this day. Our member Sections will be out on the streets in many countries and we invite you to join our protests. But going out to protest is simply not enough. We must be actively building a resistance to capitalism and all forms of exploitation with a new urgency.
The capitalist is able to effectively use different segments of the working class against each other, as it tries to increase its profits, eliminating better jobs in favour of lower paid and more precarious, always exploiting the most desperate to survive. This is happening on a global scale and the response to it must be global too.
We strongly underline that our International is meant to act for the same goals on a global scale and that we consider international workers solidarity to be a powerful force which can overcome the growing nationalist and authoritarian movements that divide the working class and help maintain the power of the elites.
Now, more then ever, we need to organize and fight!
This week the IWA is supporting actions against the international polling company TNS and its major clients in response to its firing of a CNT union delegate in Spain and its refusal to speak with the union. The sections of the International will be letting the companies involved know of their disapproval of TNS actions all week long.
TNS is a multinational market research and market information company, with offices in 19 countries in Asia and 37 countries in Europe etc. Over the past 2 years in Spain, TNS has been introducing worse and worse working conditions, making the work mroe precarious, eliminating bonuses, making people work 12 hour days (against the law) and making people work in really tight spaces. During an 8 hour day, the pollster receives two 5-minute breaks of break and one 20 minute break – the situation over 12 hours is even worse.
The CNT delegate had worked in TNS for 5 years before he was dismissed in November 2013. He had been protesting the worsening work conditions. The comrades at CNT see this as a union-busing action, to get rid of a worker who was organizing in the workplace and fighting for the workers' rights.
Over the last few months, the CNT has been protesting the dismissal by picketing not only TNS, but also its makor clients such as Volkswagen. The IWA shows its support for the actions of the comrades in Spain and we will join in demanding the reinstatement of the union delegate in TNS.
TNS stop exploiting workers!
The following article was published in 1973.
For his 100th Birthday
By Arne Thorne
Since Rudolf Rocker's birth on March 25, 1873 in the old city of Mainz on the Rhine river, until today, the world has changed tremendously. It's no exaggeration to say that the political, social and scientific changes and turnovers during the past 100 years have altered this epoch more efficiently than the social development of 2000 years since the foundation of Rocker's home town in ancient Roman times.
There have been turnovers in Rocker's life too. The family he was born in was Christian and his mother was faithfully Catholic. Rocker became an orphan at a very young age. His conscious life began in a Catholic, military-like orphanage, where he received his elementary education and where his rebellious nature collided more than one time with his sadistic overseer, who brutally ruled over the children. In this prison-like orphanage he developed his stubborn nature. It was a similar situation like when he, a bitter enemy of the German Kaiser and all Prussian nobleman, got imprisoned in an English concentration camp during the First World War. For the English militarists, Rocker had the same sympathy as for his "own" war mongers. In their great wisdom they thought Rocker would support the German Kaiser although Rocker had agitated against war in his anti-militarist articles long before it begun.
Under the influence of his uncle, Rocker turned out to be a bookbinder and socialist at the age of 15. But three years later he became an anarchist. Before he reached 20, he needed to flee from the German police into another country because he committed the crime of anarchist propaganda, which was forbidden in Kaiser Wilhelm's country at that time.. He left Mainz directly from his workplace where the police tried to catch him and went to Paris in 1893. There he met Jewish anarchist workers for the first time in his life.
FORA is calling for an international day of protest for the oil workers of Las Heras on March 24.
The Regional Workers´ Federation of Argentina is committed to the cause of the workers of Las Heras and we have been making different solidarity actions. We would like all the Sections of the IWA to mobilize and make protests at government offices of Argentina (Embassies, Consulates...) on March 24, (a day which in our country commemorates another year of the last military dictatorship), with the aim of freeing the oil workers of Las Heras.
2006: The oil workers, some of them outsourced, protest against a tax on their earnings, for entrance to the plant and to enter into the collective agreement of the Oil Workers Unions (which would mean a raise in salary). After 20 days of strike, in an act of provocation by the Governor of the province of Santa Cruz, the spokesperson of the workers was detained while speaking on the radio. During the actions in his defense, a police office, Jorge Sayago died.
2007-2008: A hunt follows, looked for the guilty party. People are arrested and tortured. Curfews and the militarization of the town by the Gendarmes. With the statements of those detained in their homes, beaten and pressured, “The Cause” arms itself: the uncle of Sayago, declares that those sitting on the bench, facing charges, are just scapegoats. One of the defense lawyers, Claudia Ferrero, admitted that “there is no concrete evidence), and those that were, were based by the Investigative Brigade of Santa Cruz on torture, terrorizing the whole population and getting false testimony through threats and persecutions.
2009: Militarization and persecution continues in the town of Las Heras. The workers have already been detained for 3 years, in conditions of physical and psychological torture.
2013: The request for life imprisonment of 6 of the accused and 18 years for the rest. The Prosecutor Candia, admits the torture and the illegal mistreatment. At the same time he declares “PUTTING A BAG OVER THE WITNESSES HEAD AND SLAPPING HIM IS NOT THE SAME AS TELLING HIM WHAT TO SAY”. The court turns a deaf ear to the information about torture and leaves the defendants to “reflect and reconsider”.
December 2013: four oil workers are convicted for life, CORTEZ, ROSALES, PADILLA Y GONZALES and another 6 workers to 5 years in prison. This is one of the greatest attacks against workers who were fighting for their rights, almost without precedence in constitutional governments, with the goal of punishing the workers' struggle.
2013-2014: Various sectors of the workers' movement mobilize demanding the amnesty of the condemned oil workers of Las Heras. With every month, more and more solidarity actions take place. In turn, the national government orders the repression and breaking of all the pickets and demonstrations and there are many injured and arrested.
The day of action called by the International Workers Association on March 6th finishes with dozens of protest actions in 13 different countries. CNT and IWA demand the reinstatement of the worker dismissed from Isban and Panel Sistemas because of denouncing the trafficking of staff.
IWA anarchist worker unions showed, once again, that working class solidarity has no borders.
Thousands of leaflets were distributed around the world, hundreds of posters and stickers were stuck, hundreds of protest faxes and e-mails were sent, dozens of branches of the Bank were visited, numerous pickets were organized, banners informing of the conflict were hung and other boycott actions were carried out.
Solidarity Federation (SolFed) did several actions in England in places like Brighton and Newcastle.
In Argentina, FORA (Federation Obrera Regional Argentina) organized a concentration in Neuquén Capital.
In Germany, FAU unions (Freie Arbeiterinnen und Arbeiter-Union) organized protest actions in Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Erfurt, Jena...
AIT-Secção Portuguesa (IWA portuguese section) did pickets in Lisbon and Porto.
Polish ZSP (Zwiazek Syndykalistow Polski) picketed at the doors of Santander Bank central offices in Varsaw.
Confederação Operária Brasileira (COB) carried out picketing in Brasil in cities like Araxa.
On the occasion of March 8, we commemorate the tradition of women who organized in struggle for better working conditions, dignity - and not only. The aims of anarchosyndicalist organizations include not only the struggle of the working class to end exploitation in the workplace and in society in the field of labor relations - we wish to end exploitation, hierarchy, alienation and vertical social relations in general! And this means an end to any social relations that are disfavourable to women or others. We need to put an end to all forms of sexism, social and state mechanisms which discriminate against or put women in a subordinate position of any type.
In some countries where our International is active, women are coming under increased attack by the state and right-wing and conservative ideology. Many of our comrades today are fighting either to maintain freedom of reproductive choice to do win this. But this is far from the only issue which concerns us. Around the globe, the predominance of female labor in low-paying jobs is a general tendency, with many women in extremely precarious situations. We salute the women who are organizing to build a better future and to fight against their economic discrimination and exploitation.