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”
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
Not just swallowing a dismissal can be worth it. Thus the general syndicate Dresden supported one of its members that resisted against a dismissal before court. The colleague was awarded 2000 € severance pay. It was shown to the company that it can be quite expensive to put one’s employees in front of the door without a sound.
The member was employed by a temporary employment agency in the field of education and social affairs. Contrary to the precarious reputation of this industry, the company promoted collegial interaction with the employees, a family atmosphere and so on.
One could talk about anything and the needs of the employees were taken into consideration. The FAU member had to experience for themselves that this collegiality is quickly over as soon as one does not function as desired by the company management. After a long period of illness, they were dismissed without giving reasons. In doing so, no requirements of protection against dismissal were met and the dismissal was therefore invalid. Continue reading “FAU Dresden wins 2000 € compensation for a member”
Last year, after the summer holidays, we came together as anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist youth and critical pupils to form a group. This was preceded by the open meeting of the education sector, which has been taking place since November 2017, the monthly Alternative Pupil Networking since February 2018, the Critical Education Alliance with a series of lectures and an education strike in June 2018. These were all meetings at which we discussed and planned, organised and learned.