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(en) Greece, liberta salonica: Interventions of AUTh. with breakage and paint in 2 stores of the supermarket chain Lidl in Thessaloniki. [machine translation]

Date Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:43:27 +0200

On Thursday 12/11/2020 we carried out interventions in two stores of the supermarket chain Lidl in Thessaloniki, in response to the criminal indifference of the employer for the safety and lives of its employees, after the confirmation of a Cov-19 case in the chain's warehouses: ---- ii) we attacked and broke the facade of the Lidl store at 102 Papanastasiou Alexandrou Street in Kato Toumpa ii) we intervened by throwing paint on the facade of the Lidl store at 56 Olympiados Street in the city center. ---- We will not allow the pandemic to become an occasion for the further material devaluation of our class. ---- From the first months of the pandemic, in the spring, the bosses were discouraged from taking the slightest protection for the workers, leaving them exposed to the virus, clearly showing how expendable they considered their workforce and that they would not hesitate to no way to sacrifice even the lives of employees and their families on the altar of profit.

In particular, Lidl did not even provide the basic health protection measures to the employees. In fact, during the first period they were forbidden to wear a mask, which they themselves supplied at their own expense, so as not to spoil the false image of the forced smiling employee. Based on the health instructions of EODY, the employer is obliged to provide the employees with masks. Lidl, however, does not provide masks to employees, and the necessary glazing was never installed at the checkout. And as turnover increases, work intensification increases and employees dwindle.

The culmination came in the last days, after the confirmation of a case in the company's warehouses, the employer refused to conduct a test on the 150 employees working in the warehouses, without any substantial health protection measures. With the coverage they provide to the employer and the "protocols" of EODY and of course... none of the 150 employees who worked together with the confirmed case was put in preventive quarantine! In fact, the well-known candy of "individual responsibility" was used and the employer considered it reasonable for the employees to pay for the tests themselves from the meager wages he gives them.

All this, of course, does not come as a surprise, considering the consistent practices of the supermarket chains and especially that of Lidl, which in fact has been awarded as the best employer (!). Numerous complaints about employer terrorism, ghost overtime, ban on (certain by law) breaks, depressing environment, bullying, ban on social interaction with colleagues in the store and all this to avoid dismissal. Hundreds are the redundancies of the last years, with the most glaring example being the dismissal of a cancer patient with the excuse that he contradicted a client, but also the resignations due to the miserable conditions.

At the moment all we are allowed to do is go to work (with a suffocatingly full bus), we are blamed solely for the spread of the virus, while the bosses themselves are the ones who expose us to the virus, always with blessings of the state. The pandemic is portrayed as a unique opportunity for the state and capital to exhaust every opportunity to infringe on labor rights. The 400 euros / month of the suspension of work and the release of the dismissals are supplemented by a bill-abortion that is submitted in the next period and violates the 8-hour and the possibility of strike, rights, that is, won by struggles and blood of workers. The government, in the service of capital, in the face of the huge health and economic crisis, does not hesitate at all and attacks the social base in every way, exposing in the eyes of the working people the barbarity of the class nature that governs the capitalist beast. The slogan of the workers in the supermarkets of France could not be more accurate: "Your profits, our dead!"

We are not beggars, nor do we owe it to the bosses that we sell our labor to make them rich. For all of us who have no other means of survival, this is all we have to sell. Their blatant demands and employer impunity, which are exacerbated during the pandemic, can only be stopped by the class self-organization and the militant trade union action of the workers themselves. Our answer to the bosses is that in every attack, the working class will always find ways to counterattack, until it abolishes the privileges and powers of the parasitic capitalist oligarchy.

It is time to counterattack. Let not let the intensification, the degrading behaviors and the degradation of the value of our own life become the rule for all of us.


DO NOT allow any circumvention LABOR OUR RIGHTS



Freedom Initiative of Thessaloniki (member of the Anarchist Federation)
e-mail contact: lib_thess@hotmail.com
blog: libertasalonica.wordpress.com
??. Precisely because the state management of the pandemic is consistent with repression instead of sanitary measures and with absolutely no support of the NSS, at the same time that huge sums are scattered in the canals and on long walks, because our bosses have found in the pandemic a communication "perfect" occasion, to trample us even more, because the state has seen in the pandemic the best opportunity, to pass anti-labor laws that will further crush our order, such as the bankruptcy code and the new labor bill, that is why we, Workers, unemployed and unemployed, we have no choice but to take to the streets on November 17, to finally demand that the state stop walking around us at this critical juncture,hiring more and more cops, while we do not have doctors and ICU, to demand that he stop exploiting the pandemic, to seize even our first home and to trample on our last labor rights.


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