September 15 was an international day of solidarity with the drivers of Dominos Pizza in Brisbane, called by the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation of Australia. These workers, who deliver pizza, are in a struggle against the arbitrary abuse of the firm, which cut their salaries by 19%. The campaign was supported by the International Workers Association and actions were carried out in many countries around the world.
History of the Conflict
The drivers from Dominos Pizza in Brisbane, Australia, including members of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (ASF), have been confronting the company which cut their salaries by 19% since April 9. From that time they have been struggling to regain their former pay. This struggle has been not only with Dominos, but also with the right wing hierarchy of the SDA union, which also includes some Dominos employees. In response to the inaction of the SDA, the drivers formed the General Trasport Workers Association (GTWA, connected to the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation) and actively coordinates the struggle to reinstate the salaries on the national level. Other employees of the firm joined the ASF's branch union seeing that the other union functioning in Dominos is concilliatory and does nothing to improve the situation of the drivers.
Bulletin 2 (with news until August 2012).
The mobilization ranged from the occupations of employment offices to the creation of assemblies of the unemployed.
On August 30-31, the CNT mobilized against unemployment and cuts in a national campaign. Different actions took place in cities such as Madrid, Valladolid, Toledo, Compostela, Vigo, Gijon, Donostia, Lasarte-Oria, Vitoria, Mirando de Ebro, Zaragoza, Teruel, Barcelona, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Olot, Girona, Valencia, Elche, Utiel-Requena, Cordoba, Jaen and Pedrera.
The ASF is calling on all sections of the International Workers Association (IWA), their friends and supporters to take protest action around the world on September 15 in support of the campaign for wage justice for delivery drivers who have had their wages cut 19% arbitrarily by Domino’s Pizza Enterprises management.
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ASF-B (Brisbane metropolitan affiliate of the ASF) ASF-M (the Melbourne metroploitan affiliate of the ASF) are organising actions on the same day.
Today, August 16, we already are in the 32nd day of the indefinite strike in EULEN-METRO.
The past July 13, it was decided again, by a general assembly of the workers, to continue the struggle against these minions of the State and Capital.
The struggle at hand, is not on this occasion to claim social or economic rights, that are legitimate but we have not won yet; it is to conserve the rights in the concrete workplaces and in Metro cleaning in general, which had been gained through more than 20 yers of hard effort and struggle. It is possible that EULEN colluded with Metro to cut back 45% of the workforce to balance their books, something that should have been done before bidding on the contract because they knew that the expenses would far exceed the cost they gave in the tender. (According to our calculations, they could loss about a million euros per year. )
Since July 16, the 100 workers from EULEN cleaning the Madrid Metro trains are on indefinite strike to defend their jobs and their rights. After 15 days, the strike value as a positive impulse, which 100% of the workforce has been supported.
On July 23 there was a workers' assembly that examined the first week of the strike, its pros and cons. At this meeting it was concluded to go ahead, with all the consequences. There was a proposal about what to do in case of layoffs, deciding unanimously not to give up the fight under any circumstances if these occur.
The Government in Britain has introduced a programme of savage welfare cuts. The cuts are part of a broad government offensive on worker’s living conditions with attacks on a whole range of benefits. The government’s programme of cuts is not just about reducing the amount the state spends on welfare, the aims is also to force the unemployed into taking jobs paying lower and lower wages which in turn drags down the wages of all workers.
As part of the cuts programme the Government introduced the so called “Workfare” scheme under which the unemployed are forced to work for free for up to 6 months or face having their benefits stopped with no guarantee of a permanent job at the end. Needles to say companies were quick to take advantage of what amounted to free labour and began taking on an increasing numbers of people under the Workfare scheme.
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Recently it decided to sue the low-cost airlines Vueling and Ryanair as well as Groundforce after they took over the business of the bankrupt Spanair without transferring any of its employment contracts. What these companies did was then to try to recruit some of the former employees on much worse working conditions. In this process, these companies are trying to avoid application of the collective agreements as well.