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(en) Poland, Employee Initiative: Logistics, culture, education and gastronomy - strike week in Italy (March 22-27, 2021) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:02:50 +0300


Solidarity action of OZZ IP with strikes in Italy (Warsaw, March 28, 2021)
We present an account of a week of labor struggles in Italy organized, co-organized or supported by grassroots trade unions ADL Cobas and SI Cobas. The Workers' Initiative expresses full support and solidarity with the protesters. ---- For over a year, trade unions in Italy have faced the need to work in conditions where health and life are at risk due to the pandemic. This applies especially to logistics and production. According to experts, logistics and e-commerce in Italy recorded a 30% increase in revenues in 2020 year-on-year. Employees and employees of the logistics industry have been operating continuously, paying an exorbitant price in the form of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The week of intense labor struggles in Italy began with the first nationwide strike on the Amazon. Amazon has 40 distribution centers in Italy, where approximately 40,000 people work (including the company's subcontractors). On Monday, March 22, there was a warning strike at Amazon centers across the country that affected various professional groups working in the supply chain. Workers and warehouse workers, security guards and drivers were on strike. They protested against: algorithms and permanent control; high standards and work overload; short-term contracts and subcontracting. According to Amazon Workers International, about 75% of drivers and 70% of workers and warehouse workers took part in the 24-hour strike.

The warehouses were blocked, among others in Genoa (where the strikers were supported by port workers), Torino and the largest distribution center (MXP5) in Piacenza, from where expressions of support were also sent to workers trying to unionize in Bessemer, Alabama (USA). Symbolic demonstrations of solidarity with the strikers in Italy were held in Amazon in Poland and Germany.

The tone of labor struggles in the logistics sector in Italy since 2011 has been set by two grassroots trade unions: ADL Cobas and SI Cobas. Just five days after the strike in Amazon, on Friday 26 March, SI Cobas organized a nationwide strike for the entire logistics industry and a demonstration outside Amazon's warehouse in Piacenza. The background to these events was the fact that at the end of 2019, the national collective labor agreement for shipping and logistics expired, and the employers' associations presented an unfavorable package of changes: restriction of trade union rights, reduction of sickness benefits, restriction of the right to strike. Actions were also taken by the employees of the courier company - Fedex / TNT. On Saturday, March 27, there were protests against the repression of union activists and activists. Two union members from SI Cobas (Mohamed Arafat and Carlo Pallavinci) working at Fedex / TNT, were placed under house arrest. Most of the logistics workers in Italy are migrants and migrants, as well as refugees and refugees. As part of repressions for trade union activity and the struggle to improve working conditions, five people had their residence permits withdrawn, and proceedings were instituted against six more. The fight was effective and on the second day of the nationwide strike in the logistics sector, Arafat and Carlo were released and the withdrawn residence permits reinstated

On March 26-27, employees of culture, entertainment, education, public transport, couriers and food suppliers also protested. The RISP network (Clap, ADL Cobas and Sial Cobas) was responsible for coordinating and connecting the fights. The actions were initiated by food suppliers, a symbol group of new forms of poorly paid, insecure and algorithm-controlled work, which, like the "necessary workers" of logistics, was forced to work uninterrupted during the pandemic, without any additional benefits. Most of their contracts do not guarantee basic sickness and vacation rights, a living wage or a minimum number of hours. The pandemic has once again postponed the granting of security for which they have been fighting for years. Many different professional groups responded to the appeal of self-organized food suppliers, most of them are bottom-up and horizontal. They all adopted common postulates: income guarantee and health protection, being aware of their differences, but also of the necessity of a common front and common struggle.

In Padua, they organized a rally in front of McDonald's headquarters, demanding that food suppliers be included as logistics workers in collective agreements. There were also demonstrations at the Fedex / TNT headquarters, and public transport drivers were also on strike. They joined the school workers as part of the strike action announced by Cobas Scuola, which, together with parents and teachers, are demanding that they return to school while maintaining the sanitary regime. Wage and social demands were raised to compensate for the months-long closure of educational institutions and distance learning. In Milan, hundreds of food suppliers organized by ADL Cobas Lombardia went on strike to block the food supply chain. The demonstration reached the prefecture and was stopped by police repression at the headquarters of Glovo and Asso Lombarda. Despite the intimidation and threats, the protests continued. There were also demands for a dignified life for migrants and migrant women, residence permits and the right to housing.

Riders Milano and ADL Cobas are scheduled to gather under the Ministry of Labor on April 8 to continue the fight. In Treviso, workers and logistics workers went on strike. There was a "Priority Schools" rally, during which there was also a demand to ensure safe conditions for the reopening of schools. A rally of employees and logistics workers also took place in Casale sul Sile, where a new Amazon juggernaut-distribution center is to be built. A new, favorable collective labor agreement was called for and solidarity was expressed with the Fedex workers in Piacenza, pointing to the "Amazon model" as the main enemy - a model based on the precariat, exploitation and working-class control that only union activities can oppose. In Vicenza, employees of the DHL warehouse joined the strike, Valentino and Fercam by organizing rallies and demonstrations outside the gates. Leaflets calling for a strike were distributed in Rimini and an information point was set up with ADL Cobas to mobilize in the future

The actions carried out on March 26-27 by employees and culture and entertainment workers deserve a separate attention. In Bologna, a network of theater workers and female workers was mobilized for two days, who, together with students and students of the local Academy of Fine Arts, health care workers and social workers, protested against the indifference of public principals. On Saturday, March 27, in Turin, there was a demonstration of workers and cultural workers supported by striking workers and logistics workers. The issue of the lack of appropriate government action against the cultural sector during the pandemic was raised. The biggest protests in the culture and entertainment sector took place on March 27 (International Theater Day) in Venice. On that day, there was a blockade called "Show must go block". More than 300 employees and female theaters blocked the main bridge connecting Venice with the mainland. They demanded and demanded from the government to present a sanitary safety plan for the opening of cultural institutions and to communicate it well in advance. There were also demands for a structural reform of culture that would provide workers and workers with adequate social protection; permanent income; free training; recognition of technical professions in theater as "heavy" (lavoro usurante which entitles to early retirement); security for the self-employed; securing the precariat in music and symphonic organizations; proposals of support for small and medium-sized cultural organizations that have been dealing with the closure spectrum for a year. They demanded and demanded from the government to present a sanitary safety plan for the opening of cultural institutions and to communicate it well in advance. There were also demands for a structural reform of culture that would provide workers and workers with adequate social protection; constant income; free training; recognition of technical professions in theater as "heavy" (lavoro usurante which entitles to early retirement); security for the self-employed; securing the precariat in music and symphonic organizations; proposals of support for small and medium-sized cultural organizations that have been facing the closure spectrum for a year. They demanded and demanded from the government to present a sanitary safety plan for the opening of cultural institutions and to communicate it well in advance. There were also demands for a structural reform of culture that would provide workers and workers with adequate social protection; permanent income; free training; recognition of technical professions in theater as "heavy" (lavoro usurante which entitles to early retirement); security for the self-employed; securing the precariat in music and symphonic organizations; proposals of support for small and medium-sized cultural organizations that have been dealing with the closure spectrum for a year. There were also demands for a structural reform of culture that would provide workers and workers with adequate social protection; constant income; free training; recognition of technical professions in theater as "heavy" (lavoro usurante which entitles to early retirement); security for the self-employed; securing the precariat in music and symphonic organizations; proposals of support for small and medium-sized cultural organizations that have been dealing with the closure spectrum for a year. There were also demands for a structural reform of culture that would provide workers and workers with adequate social protection; constant income; free training; recognition of technical professions in theater as "heavy" (lavoro usurante which entitles to early retirement); security for the self-employed; securing the precariat in music and symphonic organizations; proposals of support for small and medium-sized cultural organizations that have been dealing with the closure spectrum for a year.

As trade unionists and trade unionists from the RISP network (Clap, ADL Cobas and Sial Cobas) write: "This terrible year behind us has highlighted deep divisions in our society and the labor market, which have increased with the health crisis and the ongoing syndrome . Despite great difficulties, the strength of those who continue to fight makes us realize that we cannot stop now. (...) Various unions and social movements argue that after last year's experience, there is no return to the pre-pandemic state. We are now fighting for a new, alternative world project that will combat the ever-converging interests of international financial and algorithmic capital. We hope it will be the first day of a long spring of mobilization and struggle that will lead us together towards our rights and dignity. "

Elaboration:

Szymon Gams / Warsaw Youth Circle OZZ Employee Initiative
Ignacy Józwiak / National Committee of the OZZ Employee Initiative
Pawel Nowozycki / Department Committee of the OZZ Employee Initiative at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

https://ozzip.pl/publicystyka/walki-pracownicze/item/2765-logistyka-kultura-edukacja-gastronomia-tydzien-strajkow-we-wloszech-22-27-marca
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