sobota, 12 sierpień 2006 19:41

Activist of the Anarchist Federation in jail

On the 9th of August, Krzysztof Wantoch-Rekowski - a longtime activist of the Polish Anarchist Federation and Food Not Bombs from Poznan - was detained by the police. He has been put into jail for six weeks for...destroying his identity card (article 276 of the Penal Code)
środa, 12 listopad 2008 19:32

Interview with Rozbrat activists

This interview was published in 31st issue of "Abolishing the Borders from Below" (2008), anarchist journal from Eastern Europe.1. ABB: What do you think Rozbrat means for the anarchist movement from Poland and from Poznan?D.: Actually, when you think about anarchist movement in Poznan, you think exactly about Rozbrat, as a place that gathers free-thinking and anarchist milieus. For now it is quite difficult to imagine the anarchist movement without Rozbrat. Most of the activists from - what you call today - the anarchist movement in Poland became active when Rozbrat already existed. It means that they somehow had to refer to this active centre in Poznan. During those years hundreds of anarchist meetings, discussions and congresses took place here. There are not many anarchists in Poland who haven't had any relation to this place. I think it wouldn't be an exaggeration if I said that the anarchist milieu that is active around Rozbrat is today the oldest continuously active and the most diverse milieu in Poland. For the anarchist movement in Poland, relatively young and undermined by plagues of evanescence, such experience is a value itself.
During a workshop on solidarity economics at the WoGan Decriminalizing Resistance conference last weekend (November 12th-13th) I met Krzysztof Krol, a member of the Anarchist Federation of Poland who resides at the Rozbrat Collective in the Polish city of Poznan. Of the many participators in that particular workshop only the two non-U.S. presenters seemed to have practical solutions for working class people. While Americans talked of seed exchanges, alternative currencies, and green investment schemes Krol told of his groups foray into radical labor organizing and a presenter from Argentina's MST talked about a community center built by the community itself geared around food production and education.As the debate over the validity of alternative currencies roared on past the workshop's scheduled time I pulled the labor-minded Krzysztof aside to get a one-on-one interview.
On 16th of May, in the evening, an antifasciscist activist was attacked by two nazis, with clear intentions to kill him. They have been following him, and, suddenly one of them steped in front on him and used a pepper gas on him. Then the other one stabbed him in his back with 30cm long knife. Maciek fell on the ground and was kicked by the nazis for a while, with them shouting "We'll kill you, you leftist motherfucker!".
We request to take any action in defense of a trade union activist victimized for his activities.The management of the Jutrzenka factory- a popular producer of sweets - has dismissed Dariusz Skrzypczak, the chairman of the Solidarity trade union in Goplana company in Poznan (Poland) (from January 2005 owned by Jutrzenka). He was fired on disciplinary grounds for the interview published in local press. Although Skrzypczak had only confirmed the fact that Jutrzenka had introduced new conditions of wages, which are unfavorable for most of the workers of Goplana, the management of the plant acknowledged those words as harmful to the company. It is the second attempt to fire Skrzypczak - the first one took place at the beginning of year 2005.
Rada Nadzorcza nie przyjęła wczoraj zmian w Statucie Cegielskiego, których celem było uniemożliwienie kandydowania autentycznym przedstawicielom załogi HCP do prac w zarządzie, a szczególnie Marcelemu Szaremu. Postanowiono przeprowadzić konsultacje ze związkami zawodowymi i usunąć wskazane przez Marcela Szarego błędy w przygotowanym projekcie zmian w tym względzie. Świadczy to o pośpiesznym i niedbałym przygotowaniu nowelizacji statutu, którą forsuje nowy prezes zarządu HCP Rafał Wiatr.
czwartek, 12 luty 2009 14:47

Japończycy w obronie Rozbratu

W czwartek, 12 lutego, japońscy anarchiści z Federacji Wolnych Robotników (Free Workers' Federation) złożyli na ręce ambasadora Polski w Tokio pismo domagające się zaprzestania planów eksmisji skłotu Rozbrat w Poznaniu. W piśmie, którego kopia została przekazana na adresy władz Poznania oraz poznańskiej policji, japońscy anarchiści wyrazili swoje zaniepokojenie i oburzenie eksmisją skłotersów ze skłotu na ul. Żydowskiej w Poznaniu, jak również zażądali, aby zostawić skłot Rozbrat w spokoju oraz zapewnić godne warunki życiowe wszystkim bezdomnym mieszkańcom Poznania.
Despite the legal protection employers dismiss them on the basis of the article 52 of the Labour Code. The article lets to brake a contract of employment without giving a notice to a workers only when they heavily violate their duties, commit a crime (when the crime is obvious or is judged by court), or if workers thorough their fault have lost qualifications needed for the job. Heavy violation of worker's duties means for instance drinking in a workplace. In Poland the law protects some trade unionists from dismissals in order to protect them against repressions. It means that an employer must not fire an activist without a permission of the committee of trade union the worker belongs to. Obviously when unionist really violate the law (for example drinks or steals) the committee usually agrees to dismiss him.
The Anarchist Federation and the Polish Anarchist Black Cross in the first report published on 21st of December 2004 have paid attention to the fact that "for several years actions of many different political and social groups that openly protest against the Polish government's policy are submitted bigger and bigger repressions, with the use of the police and a machinery of court". This phenomenon is not an incidental, but on a mass scale. For the past 3-4 years many activists of anarchist, antiwar, radical left wing, social worker and ecological movement, have been put on trial. It is easy to see not only the rising number of "political" cases, but also passing by courts higher and higher verdicts. Today a number of police, prosecutor's and legal proceedings is hard to count, however, we can mention these examples:
niedziela, 10 październik 2004 22:13

Utopia behind Peguot car showroom

A newspaper article from Polish Express - 2004by Monika WojnowskaThe verb "to squat" means to crouch in English. As most people will admit, this position is not particularly comfortable, and it is difficult to imagine an individual who would be willing to remain in this unpolitical position for a long time. No wonder, therefore, that flats known as squats have nothing to do with permanence. Yet there is a squat in Poland that not only amazes with its longevity, but has already managed to become a legend or even a subject of documentaries and MA theses. In August this year the Rozbrat ("Spilt") squat in Poznan celebrated its 10th anniversary.