Labor conflict in TagZwei bakery: Keeping standards – Against working conditions from the day before yesterday

We are currently in a labor dispute with the boss of the TagZwei bakery on Kamenzer Straße. The company sells baked goods from other bakeries from the previous day to counteract the waste of food. Actually a nice concept. Unfortunately, the boss’s views on labor law are also from yesterday. The FAU Dresden demands the payment of unpaid wages, the payment of vacation pay and the withdrawal of an illegal dismissal for an employee. We advise customers to consider whether they really want to visit the bakery during the labor dispute and ask for active participation in the protest rally on July 24th at 3 pm on Kamenzer Straße 42b (in front of the store). We are also pleased about the solidary accompaniment of the conciliation hearing on July 31 at 10:45 a.m. at the labor court in Dresden, Hans-Oster-Straße 4.

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Because we cannot say it enough: Don’t let them fool you!

Some things we simply have to repeat over and over again like a prayer wheel: There are basic labor rights – and they also apply to mini-jobs.
During our trade union consultations we hear stories of outrageous working conditions or absurd employment contract clauses again and again. Just because your boss claims something doesn’t mean it’s true. Continue reading “Because we cannot say it enough: Don’t let them fool you!”

Occupy and revive empty houses, not punish squatters: Solidarity in the Putzi trial

In the Corona crisis, more and more people cannot pay their rent. Those who had to live on the street before Corona, or those who cannot feel safe in their apartment, were confronted with the cynical demand to stay at home to protect themselves and others. Actually, at the latest this should open the eyes to how absurdly the housing question is answered by a capitalist economy. Hotels, vacation apartments, Airbnb apartments and houses are empty, while refugees have to live crammed together in camps and shelters, others unprotected on the streets. Rooms for various cultural activities are also often lacking, but there is still room for a parking garage somehow.
Now there are some people, also called “animals”, who draw the conclusion from all these absurdities to move into empty and unused houses, to inhabit and revive them. This happened for example in January of this year in the “Putzi” in the Königsbrücker Straße. Many liked it, but not everyone. After four days the police cleared the buildings. In the consequence some participants received penalty orders because of trespass and common damage to property. There are also threats of heavy fines. Members of FAU Dresden are also affected. Continue reading “Occupy and revive empty houses, not punish squatters: Solidarity in the Putzi trial”

Update: Corona: labour law, neighbourhood solidarity, other helpful informations

+++ Multilingual Informations you can find by the Refugee Council in Dresden +++

Will be updated continuously, last update: April 2, 1 pm

Contents: 1. labour law & Corona | 2. counselling and services of FAU Dresden during Corona | 3. overview of neighbourhood help in Dresden | 4. overview of help funds for employees & solo self-employed persons | 5. counselling numbers and help centres (including domestic violence)

Labour law and corona, sick out

On the website of the Federal FAU you will find current collections of regulations concerning labour law, law for self-employed persons and much more. At the moment, due to the dynamic situation, some things are still a little unsorted or doubled – this will certainly get better in the next few days. If questions remain unanswered, please feel free to ask us, we will look for an answer and take the questions with us.

From 9 March onwards, the following rule applies for 4 weeks: “Patients with slight diseases of the upper respiratory tract can get a certificate of incapacity to work for a maximum of seven days after consulting their doctor by telephone”. If you have to be in quarantine on a self-employed basis, you will be supported by the Infection Protection Act. Please ask us for details in your situation! Continue reading “Update: Corona: labour law, neighbourhood solidarity, other helpful informations”

It’s 8th March again – time to strike and protest!

As in the years before we actively participate in the actions and protest on the occasion of 8th March.

Together with the feminist and women’s strike network Dresden we organize three readings in the next weeks:

– 11th February 2020, 6 p.m. @ Neustadt quarter library: Women in the November Revolution. Continuing neglect. Reading, speech and discussion with Dania Alasti
– 20th February 2020, 7 p.m. @ Motorenhalle (Wachsbleichstraße 4a): Relation(ship)s and Revolution. 1917, 1968 and the ones to come. Reading and discussion with Bini Adamczak
– 27th February 2020, 7 p.m. @ Projekttheater (Louisenstraße 47): Fuck up + unwork = strike? Reading and discussion with Luise Meyer (MRX Maschine)

Whisper translation into English will be provided.

Meet us at our info-point!

On 6th March the pupil’s union Black Rose will take to the streets with their strike mobile.

On 7th of March ABC Dresden is mobilizing to demonstrate to the women’s prison Chemnitz, which we participate in.

On 8th March we will take part in the strike breakfast at the art’s academy (HfbK) and would like to discuss together with you how to strike effectively in the labour sphere as well as in the reproductive sphere.

That’s only a small part of all the events to come. More detailed information you’ll find on the feminist and women’s strike network’s website and in the following weeks on our site.

You want to strike but don’t know how?
Information about your rights you can find in our brochure on strike legislation (unfortunately only available in German) or visit our next support meetings, on 18th February and 3rd March, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the syndicate’s office in the rear building of the housing project Mangelwirtschaft, Overbeckstraße 26.

BNG organizes rally against pseudo self-employment at gastronomy in Dresden Neustadt

Ahead of an info-event on illegal employment practices in Dresden’s gastronomy sector, the Grassroots Union Food and Gastromy (BNG), section of the Free Workers Union (FAU), today visited the Café V-Cake on the Rothenburger Straße Dresden. The union accuses the company of undermining labour rights through pseudo self-employment. Continue reading “BNG organizes rally against pseudo self-employment at gastronomy in Dresden Neustadt”

16 Oct.: Union Tour – Lecture with textile workers from Indonesia

Dian from the feminist trade union Inter-Factory Workers’ Federation (FBLP), which has its focus especially in Jakarta (Indonesia), and Chamila of the Dabindu Collective (Sri Lanka) will provide input. It will deal with the current working and living conditions of seamstresses and Gender-Based-Violence (GBV), but also with the current labour struggles.

Afterwards we want to exchange ideas and talk about what we can do here to support the struggles of the seamstresses.

Input will be given in English.

The Input will take place in AZ Conni, Rudolf-Leonhardt-Straße 39, 01097 Dresden and will start at 8 p.m.

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12 Oct.: Trade union informs about false self-employment

Do something about the pressure to be self-employed in the gastro.

12 Oct. | 18:00 | Kosmotique, Martin-Luther-Straße 13 | Dresden-Neustadt

Waiters, selling in the snack stall, delivering parcels, working on the construction site or cleaning. More and more jobs are being filled by colleagues with a trade or business licence. Usually not voluntarily, in many places no job is to be got otherwise at all. We explain why this practice not only restricts our health and safety at work, our wages and our labour rights, but also why we may even make ourselves liable to prosecution and how we can get into regular employment. The event consists of an input from our food and catering section, then we open the space for concrete examples/your cases and discuss strategies to defend yourself as an employee. There will also be a bring along buffet for the stomach. So that everyone can speak freely, bosses are not welcome, we make use of the house rules.

This event will be mostly in german, but live translation is possible.

Anarchist Days (Libertäre Tage) 2019 to start next week

The Dresden Anarchist Network (AND) will once again be hosting the Anarchist Days (Libertäre Tage) from 15 to 22 September. This is a series of events in which a wide variety of topics related to anarchism will be discussed. Our syndicate will be represented this year by the Youth Section Black Rose (Schwarze Rose). On Wednesday, 18 September, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be the Alternative Pupils’ Networking, where we will talk about the Global Climate Strike, paint banners and signs, but also provide material for our own production of buttons and patches. Afterwards there will be a lecture about the social function of school from 7 p.m. on. Both events will take place at PlatzDa! (Wernerstr. 21). You can find the complete program, containing lectures and events in german and english, on the AND website.

Call for members of the Dresden General Syndicate to the Global Climate Strike

For one year now, thousands of children and young people in many countries have been boycotting the school every Friday in protest against the destruction of the livelihood of future generations. For September 20, 2019, Fridays for Future and various associations are now also calling for a climate strike, which the DGB (German Trade Union Confederation, hirarchical) itself is supporting. But with one significant restriction: Since political strikes are forbidden in Germany, the DGB explicitly excludes a call for strikes. Instead, it calls on workers who “show solidarity with Fridays for Future and take part in demonstrations” to “respect existing labour law and take time off for this period”. The “climate strike” appeal itself also calls for “taking time off” to ‘strike’, “reducing overtime”, “requesting unpaid special leave” or asking employers to support the ‘strike’, as it would be good for the company’s image to “declare their support for the climate strike”. In addition, ‘strikers’ are supposed to promise ‘to prepare for tasks that cannot be postponed and to make up for missed work soon’ and ‘to be more motivated at work again on Monday’. Continue reading “Call for members of the Dresden General Syndicate to the Global Climate Strike”