IWW Hamburg: Day of Action “Friday the 13th” against bad working conditions in system catering

on March 26, 2020 Organizing with 0 comments

Every Friday the 13th, the Initiative Aktion./.Arbeitsunrecht is organizing a countrywide day of action against bad working conditions. Like in the past, the IWW Hamburg participated. With our allies from ATIF (Federation of workers from Turkey in Germany), we organized a manifestation in front of a Starbucks store in the center of the city.

Why Starbucks, McDonalds & Co:

Low wages

The NGG’s (Food, Beverages and Catering Union) recent negotiations with the employers’ association “Bundesverband der Systemgastronomie e.V. (BdS)” took place in system catering. The contract closing still means – despite an annual increase of 50 cents / h – poverty wages for the employees. A wage of 10€ from 1.7.2020 often means to be dependent on social assistance. The required 12€ will be available from 1.12.2023- – and then only from wage group 2.

 Precarious jobs

 Even at full-time, the money, especially regarding the high rents of a big city, is barely enough to live on. At Starbucks, McDonalds & Co., most of the contracts are part-time. This means the employees are forced to accept short-term assignments, “voluntary and flexible”. On-call work is common: keep it short with the hours so that the employees still have to be happy about short-term assignments. The contracts are concluded for a limited time: Up to two years probation.

Union Busting

By restructuring, e.g. Starbucks and McDonalds try to keep the factories union and works council free. The Berlin Starbucks / AmRest (franchisee or: “Licensed Starbucks Coffee Houses” operator) branches are constantly being redistributed or restructured. Works councils are often cut off from their colleagues. In case of new works council elections, if they are initiated by the workers, the superiors try to install employees close to the employer.

Six attempts at dismissal against works council chairmen

Works councils are fired on the basis of extremely far-fetched and unsubstantial constructs. For example, an attempt was made to fire a works council because he addressed his superiors with their last names. Obviously, Starbucks / AmRest wants to conceal the company’s Union Busting behind a facade of supposedly friendly conversations.

An Injury to one is an injury to all!

IWW Hamburg

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The next “Friday the 13th“ will be November 13th 2020!

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