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!
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.
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.
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. Read more