On Thursday afternoon, 29 January, approximately ten activists met in
front of Manpower agency branch in Sokolovská street in Prague, expressing
solidarity with ZSP (Zwiazek Syndikalistow Polski, Union of Polish
Syndicalists), who fight for better working conditions and higher wages in
two Amazon stores in Poland.
As most of the Amazon stores’ employees are provided by Manpower, the
objective of our action was clear. Three of us entered the agency to
deliver protest letter with demands, while others were handing out leaflets
and informing the passersby about the situation. We have informed the
manager of the branch about the problems of polish workers in Amazon stores
and asked him to convey our message to the polish central of Manpower,
which he promised to do. Our interview with the manager was overheard by
the employees and several clients of the agency. After several minutes we
went outside and spread the banner bearing words: STOP EXPOITATION IN
AMAZON AND MANPOWER” , seen by passersby and also full trams passing by on
Sokolovská street. We distributed dozens of leaflets and talked with some
of the clients coming to the Manpower branch.
With our protest in solidarity we are joining the international week of
action against practices of Amazon and Manpower called for by ZSP and we
express our support with the fight of the organization. We support the
demands of the workers- adequate wages, payed breaks and higher pay rate
for working nigt shifts and on Sunday, as would be also in accordance with
Stop exploitation in Manpower and Amazon!