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#Thessaloniki Freedom Initiative: Interventions in support of the nationwide mobilizations of the workers in the supermarkets

Thessaloniki. Greece. April 15, 2020. Class resistance and labor struggles are not quarantined. —- Supermarket employees are not alone. —- The covid-19 pandemic, in addition to its purely health significance, also acts as a valve to relieve the capitalist crisis and intensify the class exploitation of the labor force by capital. In this explosive situation, the internal contradictions of capitalism are rapidly rekindling. The new phase of the crisis of capitalism will have incalculable consequences for those at the base of the social and productive pyramid. The indicators of poverty, misery and misery are skyrocketing. While those below are groaning under the yoke of state and capitalist barbarism, those in power and political power, the capitalists and their political staff, are trying in every way to turn the crisis into an opportunity for their own profitability.

Originally published by Thessaloniki Freedom Initiative. Translated by A-Infos.

Much of the production process has been suspended due to the pandemic. However, supermarkets are still operating. Employees working in supermarkets are another example of “invisible heroes” struggling under extremely adverse and burdensome conditions to serve society as a whole in these critical times for all of us.

Lately, the complaints of the employees who work in the supermarkets “come and go”. Working hours have been completely deregulated. Employees work up to 10-12 hours, often without breaks. Sometimes, in fact, they work until Sundays, whether the stores are open or closed. The pace of work has intensified, new recruitments are being made with the dropper, where they are being made, with the result that the high workload is burdening a finite number of employees. Many employees work part-time contracts (in some supermarkets 45-day contracts are signed!) And overtime that is never paid. The gaps between the shifts are constantly being circumvented, creating unbearable exhaustion for the workers. Employment pressures and threats are a daily occurrence, as are so-called redundancies. In many cases, the employer refuses to grant special purpose permits to employees who are parents or belong to vulnerable groups.

Healthcare measures in many supermarkets are non-existent. There are dozens of complaints about deficiencies in masks and antiseptics. As a result, many workers are forced to provide personal health care from their own backlog. In many stores the funds do not have protective glass and the workplaces are not disinfected at regular intervals. Employees are forced to wear the same gloves throughout their shift, touching many different surfaces, which can lead to health problems. In many supermarkets, in fact, the employer, through explicit instructions, prevents employees from wearing masks, because it claims that they are unsightly and work disgustingly to the consumer!

Let’s see, on the other hand, what this whole covid-19 story has brought to supermarket chain owners. It is certain that they are rubbing their hands with this whole situation. The numbers themselves speak for themselves. In March 2020, supermarkets recorded a turnover of 740,000,000 euros. 30% more profits, that is, compared to March 2019. In addition, as we have all noticed, product prices have risen, filling the pockets of bosses and “draining” our own. But what else have these experts done? They made advertising spots with which they “thank” their employees. These are the same workers who pay poorly, who rubberize their work, who deprive them of basic protection measures, who deprive them of their licenses, who threaten them to accept the employer’s arbitrariness without protest, which – in short – make their lives a “skate”. But these Frankish killers don’t stop there. Because their (fake) “compassion” is not limited to commercials, these “open-handed” people thought in a peculiar way to give “bonuses” to their employees. However, this is not about unhealthy work bonuses, but about mandatory checks, in order for employees to shop at a discount from the stores where they work. In this way, the only “bonus” that the bosses give is finally returned to their pockets! These “bonuses” are called “death bonuses” by workers in France because they hide the lack of protection for workers. threatening them to accept the employer’s arbitrariness without protest, which – in short – makes their lives a “skate”. But these Frankish killers don’t stop there. Because their (fake) “compassion” is not limited to commercials, these “open-handed” people thought in a peculiar way to give “bonuses” to their employees. However, this is not about unhealthy work bonuses, but about mandatory checks, in order for employees to shop at a discount from the stores where they work. In this way, the only “bonus” that the bosses give in return ends up in their pockets! These “bonuses” are called “death bonuses” by workers in France because they hide the lack of protection for workers. who threaten them to accept the employer’s arbitrariness without protest, which – in short – make their lives a “skate”. But these Frankish killers don’t stop there. Because their (fake) “compassion” is not limited to commercials, these “open-handed” people thought in a peculiar way to give “bonuses” to their employees. However, this is not about unhealthy work bonuses, but about mandatory checks, so that employees can shop with a discount from the stores where they work. In this way, the only “bonus” that the bosses give in return ends up in their pockets! These “bonuses” are called “death bonuses” by workers in France because they hide the lack of protection for workers. which – in short – make their lives a “skate”. But these Frankish killers don’t stop there. Because their (fake) “compassion” is not limited to commercials, these “open-handed” people thought in a peculiar way to give “bonuses” to their employees. However, this is not about unhealthy work bonuses, but about mandatory checks, in order for employees to shop at a discount from the stores where they work. In this way, the only “bonus” that the bosses give in return ends up in their pockets! These “bonuses” are called “death bonuses” by workers in France because they hide the lack of protection for workers. which – in short – make their lives a “skate”. But these Frankish killers don’t stop there. Because their (fake) “compassion” is not limited to commercials, these “open-handed” people thought in a peculiar way to give “bonuses” to their employees. However, this is not about unhealthy work bonuses, but about mandatory checks, in order for employees to shop at a discount from the stores where they work. In this way, the only “bonus” that the bosses give in return ends up in their pockets! These “bonuses” are called “death bonuses” by workers in France because they hide the lack of protection for workers. these “outsiders” thought in a peculiar way to give “bonuses” to their employees. However, this is not about unhealthy work bonuses, but about mandatory checks, so that employees can shop at a discount from the stores where they work. In this way, the only “bonus” that the bosses give in return ends up in their pockets! These “bonuses” are called “death bonuses” by workers in France because they hide the lack of protection for workers. these “outsiders” thought in a peculiar way to give “bonuses” to their employees. However, this is not about unhealthy work bonuses, but about mandatory checks, in order for employees to shop at a discount from the stores where they work. In this way, the only “bonus” that the bosses give in return ends up in their pockets! These “bonuses” are called “death bonuses” by workers in France because they hide the lack of protection for workers. The “bonus” given by the bosses finally returns to their pockets! These “bonuses” are called “death bonuses” by workers in France because they hide the lack of protection for workers. The “bonus” given by the bosses finally returns to their pockets! These “bonuses” are called “death bonuses” by workers in France because they hide the lack of protection for workers.

The bosses now use the health crisis of the covid-19 as an alibi for the further intensification of the class bloodshed of the workers employed in their businesses. The main helper in this work is the state, which takes care to facilitate all kinds of capitalists in any way. Thus, under a government order, any company can reduce the wages of its employees by up to 50% by reducing their working hours accordingly. In addition, the state ideology of “individual responsibility”, in addition to a cheap communication trick to deny the responsibilities of civilian governments regarding the dissolution of the public health system, is in the second year the main ideological lever for the socially acceptable acceptance of new austerity measures. hit the lower layers hard,

At a time when labor and social rights are being curtailed and multi-year, hard social and class struggles are being won, the capitalists are demanding that workers’ demands and trade union action be quarantined. They threaten workers in every possible way in order to accept the barbarity and misery in their daily lives. They use as a fear the unemployment and misery that this entails. Certainly the conditions in which we are currently living are not normal. They are difficult in every way. But we will never forget that the power of the world of work lies in class unity, organization and collectivization, mutual aid and solidarity. The coordinated attack we are currently receiving from the state and capital is aimed at perpetuating the current anti-social and anti-labor measures that have been imposed on the occasion of the coronation. We must not remain inactive. We must act in a coordinated anti-capitalist and anti-state direction, away from any systemic integration and retreat. The class struggle does not cease to exist in periods of denial of social fabric. Now the class struggle is getting fiercer than ever. Now the bosses are trying to crush the overwhelming social base. They will find us in front of them in every way. We must act in a coordinated anti-capitalist and anti-state direction, away from any systemic integration and retreat. The class struggle does not cease to exist in periods of denial of social fabric. Now the class struggle is getting fiercer than ever. Now the bosses are trying to crush the overwhelming social base. They will find us in front of them in every way. We must act in a coordinated anti-capitalist and anti-state direction, away from any systemic integration and retreat. The class struggle does not cease to exist in periods of denial of social fabric. Now the class struggle is getting fiercer than ever. Now the bosses are trying to crush the overwhelming social base. They will find us in front of them in every way.

On April 15, 2020, supermarket workers ‘unions have called for a nationwide mobilization demanding protection measures against the covid-19 pandemic, fighting against bosses’ impunity. The hypocritical clapping at the suggestion of the executives of the -units for the present situation- bourgeois governments and their attendees offer nothing to the demands of the workers. Their struggles are strengthened by material and political support. In this regard, we express our full solidarity with our classmates, the employees of the supermarkets. Their demands are also our demands, their struggle is also our struggle. Together, with class mobilization and self-organization, with a relentless and militant stance,

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, a day of nationwide mobilizations of workers in supermarkets, we chose to symbolically intervene outside a series of supermarkets (Masoutis: Messolonghi, Olympiados, Pasteur, Makrygianni, Kassandraki, St. Mark’s, Account, Alexandria | Disc | March | AB Vassilopoulos: Kassandrou) in the center and in the eastern districts of Thessaloniki, throwing tricks that reflect the overall demands of the industry, always helping the competitive initiative undertaken by the employees industry, in the class in question same subject ie.

Class solidarity, LABOR tried AGAINST coordinated attacks STATE and bosses

for judging whether COVID-19 and capitalism pay MEMBER AND KAPITALISTES

NO ECONOMIC STRANGALISMOS SOCIAL BASE NO MISUSES labor rights

We support the struggle and the demands of the employees in the supermarkets:

– Testing all employees who show symptoms or are considered suspected cases of the virus.

– Immediate recruitment to fill the gaps that exist. Full hours for all employees and not short-term employment contracts with a horizon at the end of April.

– Conversion of all semi-employment contracts into full-time positions, with 5 days and 8 hours. Conversion of fixed-term contracts into indefinite-term contracts.

– Strict adherence to working hours. Mandatory provision of the necessary rest time for the employees, in order to safeguard their health.

– Installation of protective glass in all supermarket cash registers.

– Installation of antiseptics in all funds and in central points of all supermarkets.

– Imposition of quarantine measures on those who have come into contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in all areas of supermarkets, offices, warehouses, shops.

– Extraordinary grant of unhealthy work allowance to all supermarket employees.

Thessaloniki Freedom Initiative (member of the Anarchist Federation), April 15, 2020.

email: lib_thess@hotmail.com
blog: libertasalonica.wordpress.com

Masoutis: Messolonghi (Triandria)

Discount Markt: Lampraki (Ano Toumpa)

Masoutis: Olympiados (Ano Poli)

Masoutis: Makrigianni (Center)

Discount Markt: Agiou Dimitriou (Center)



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