Category Archives: English

Newsletter in English

We are happy to announce, that we are starting a newsletter in English for our non-Czech supporters. We would like to inform you about our activities, news and send you invitations for direct actions to support the workers. If you are interested, please send us an email (solispraha(a)riseup.net) or fill out the form „Chci se stát podporovatelem“ at the main page, where you first fill in name (jméno) and your email address. Put a word „english“ behind your name, so we can add you to our foreigners mailing list. We will confirm your registration and send newsletters on an irregular basis. We are looking forward to see our supporters base growing. International solidarity forever!

Avedonna agency pay off Denisa after one visit

We are happy to announce that in the case of the unpaid wages of the babysitter, which we wrote about in August, victory has been reached. Denisa has received the wage she was owed for the last month that she worked at the Avedonna Agency. Denisa tried to solve the problem through official channels, including a lawyer. But the reality was such that she would have to pay more for the lawyer than she was owed by the agency. Denisa’s boss, Ms Svobodová, also stopped taking phone calls and for a while it was impossible to find her at the headquarters of the agency. From our experience this is a classic situation where the employer is avoiding contact with the person they owe money to and expect the matter to fizzle out. But this time everything was different.

Denisa contacted Prague solidarity network SOL!S. We agreed on a method and went to the contact address of the agency for the purpose of giving the employers an appeal to pay the unpaid wage, but no one was to be found there. It was almost impossible to contact Ms Svobodová by phone, e-mail or the physical address of the agency.

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SOL!S remembers the Italian worker killed during a strike

Abd Elsalam Ahmed Eldanf (53 years old, father of five) was killed on the night from 14th to 15th of September 2016 in the Italian city of Piacenza, while attending a demonstration along with others, in front of the centre of the logistics company GLS. The demonstrators were demanding employment contracts for their colleagues, who were working under unfavourable conditions under an employment agency. According to eye witnesses the killing was no accident but a cold-blooded murder, as the plant manager instructed the driver to disperse the crowd, which the driver then did. A video from Turin 2012 in front of the CAAT plant, where one person was also killed, shows this is not an isolated incident. (video http://en.labournet.tv/node/7066)

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Solidarity Network’s Victory: Former Casa Della Pasta Worker Got His Pay

A struggle for the rights of two former workers of Casa Della Pasta, that lasted for several months, has finally arrived to a victorious end. One of the workers, Ahmed, got his pay for the last month. We are glad that the victory was achieved by solidarity against and public pressure on bosses. A short summary of the story below:Two workers from the Casa Della Pasta Italian restaurant were fired after the employer found out that they are trying to establish a union and demand their rights. The workers were trying to achieve contracts to non-Lithuanian citizens (two workers from Pakistan and India), equal pays for equal work (the immigrants were paid 50 cent per hour less than Lithuanian citizens), better working conditions, proper scheduling, and respect of workers‘ dignity.


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Yet another quick SOL!S victory in the case of unpaid salary

We are happy to announce another victory of our solnet in the case where Tomáš didn’t get his benefit pay, witch was agreed on beside the contract. Only because the greedy boss was unsatisfied with his work, then later decided to not give him this financial benefit. Lets summarise the steps that led to the change of the companies decision.
After Tomáš contacted our solnet, we met and agreed on cooperation and together we figured out few things we might do. Tomáš was working for IT company Integra Czech s.r.o. which specializes in testing different applications for companies. As they are not visible in public it seemed little more difficult, but we decided to try and demand what belonged to Tomáš.
First we wrote a letter with our demands and gave it personally to the manager, who hired Tomáš. After the deadline expired, we decided to leave letters at mailboxes of the companies in the same office building, to let them know who their neighbour is. Later we sent them another letter. Once again nothing happened, so we published an article about it and asked people to send them a protest mail.
What a surprise, it was enough and they decided to contact Tomáš and pay him the money he deserved. Once again we found out that organized and collective activity makes sense! Few words from Tomáš: “Thanks for all the support and the possibility to use the network of SOL!S supporters. Exactly how they say, in unity is strength. And it’s true!”

2370€ paid off after visit from Prague solidarity network – SOL!S

Dirty hard work, night shifts and no contract. All they had was a lot of promises of signing a contract soon and getting the money they deserve. The boss in the Prague foodstore Globus was paying mostly on time and even gave them a pay rise after doing some extra work. But one day, after three workers came back from holidays, he just said no contract and no payment for the last month. An easy way to make money, some might think. But not with our heroes. All year long, they were coming for their money and didn’t give their exboss a rest. Once again, they got a lot of promises and sometimes even a little money to leave them with hope.

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Prague solidarity network supported fight ZSP (Zwiazek Syndikalistow Polski) for better working conditions and fair pay in the Amazon and Manpower

On Thursday afternoon, 29 January, approximately ten activists met in front of Manpower agency branch in Sokolovská street in Prague, expressing solidarity with ZSP (Zwiazek Syndikalistow Polski, Union of Polish
Syndicalists), who fight for better working conditions and higher wages in two Amazon stores in Poland.

As most of the Amazon stores’ employees are provided by Manpower, theobjective of our action was clear. Three of us entered the agency to deliver protest letter with demands, while others were handing out leaflets and informing the passersby about the situation. We have informed the manager of the branch about the problems of polish workers in Amazon stores
and asked him to convey our message to the polish central of Manpower, which he promised to do. Our interview with the manager was overheard by the employees and several clients of the agency. After several minutes we went outside and spread the banner bearing words: STOP EXPOITATION IN
AMAZON AND MANPOWER” , seen by passersby and also full trams passing by on Sokolovská street. We distributed dozens of leaflets and talked with some of the clients coming to the Manpower branch. Číst celé