Author: faugoe15

New foundation of FAU Kassel

A new FAU initiative has been founded in Kassel, initially still affiliated with us. Around 70 people took part in the founding ceremony! Besides a workers’ song choir, free food, live music and speeches, there was also a greeting from us, in which we briefly introduced the FAU.

We wish the comrades a lot of success in the build-up and will continue to support them actively! For those interested from Kassel and the surrounding area, there is already a Telegram channel: https://t.me/FauKasselNews

2000€ wage demanded for unpaid work and supplements in elderly care!

Together with one of our members, we demanded almost 2000€ for unpaid work as well as missing Sunday and holiday bonuses. The colleague works in outpatient care for the elderly in private households. She had to work up to 15 days at a stretch, take on tasks for which she was not trained and work a lot of unpaid overtime.

After the boss had not responded to our demands but had also missed the deadline to file an official objection, we were able to have the money collected by a bailiff. In the meantime, the colleague is working in another care company, where the conditions are slightly better. Regular work on weekends and too little money at the end of the month remain.

The situation in nursing care for the elderly is not acceptable either for the nursing staff or for the elderly. We need a fundamental improvement of the working conditions in the care, which would mean at the same time an improvement of the living conditions of those in need of care!

To achieve this, we need to organize ourselves into a union. If you have problems at work, want to organize with your colleagues or support other people in doing so, write to us at faugoe-beratung@fau.org

We fought for wages and overtime at cleaning company!

Together with one of our members, we successfully reclaimed outstanding wages and overtime after a termination. Our member worked as a cleaner in a hotel and had been terminated after she accumulated overtime due to too tight time constraints and wanted to be paid for it.

As a rule, overtime must be paid or celebrated off, unless something else is written down in the employment contract – and even if it is in the contract, unpaid overtime may be illegal. Because our member does not speak German, it is reasonable to assume that her boss hoped not to have to pay the overtime. After we had demanded the outstanding wages including the overtime in a letter and threatened with consequences, the entire money was in the account shortly thereafter.

Cleaners are often outsourced to subcontractors, where they work under high pressure for low wages and hardly get any social recognition for it. Yet without them, nothing works!

Do you also have problems at work? Then contact us at faugoe-beratung@fau.org and we’ll work together to find a solution!

Book presentation and discussion: Anti-racism and trade unions in the USA – past and present

The US-American historian Peter Cole presents the book “Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly” in Göttingen and talks about current developments inside the labor movement in the USA.

Where? Obere-Masch-Str. 10, 37073 Göttingen
When? Thursday 07.07. at 7 pm

In the early twentieth century, when many US unions excluded Black and Asian workers, the grassroots union Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) warmly welcomed people of color, in keeping with their emphasis on class solidarity and their motto: “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All!”

A brilliant union organizer and a humorous orator, Benjamin Fletcher (1890–1949) was a tremendously important member of the IWW. Fletcher helped found and lead Local 8 of the IWW’s Marine Transport Workers Union, unquestionably the most powerful anti-racist union of its era, taking a principled stand against all forms of xenophobia and exclusion.

However, the struggle against racism continues to this day, as demonstrated most recently by the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests originating in the United States. At the same time, a militant trade union movement has developed in the U.S., and Black workers are playing leading roles in current labor struggles such as those of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU). The event will also focus on these current developments.

Following the lecture, we will discuss what can be learned from the historical and current experiences from the USA for anti-racist struggles and labor struggles in other countries.

The lecture will be held in English, translation can be organized spontaneously on site if needed. The event is hosted by the FAU Göttingen and the editorial staff of the journal Sozial.Geschichte Online.

Peter Cole is a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb. He did a lot of research on unionism and is active member of the union American Federation of Teachers.

For Corona prevention please come tested. We also have some rapid tests on site if necessary.

IWW: iww.org/de/
Sozial.Geschichte Online: sozialgeschichte-online.org/

Hike in the city forest with lecture on neo-Nazi activities in the Göttingen area

The Black-Red Lynxes (leisure group of the FAU Göttingen) and the Anti-Fascist Education Center and Archive Göttingen (ABAG) invite you to a hike in the Göttingen city forest on Saturday, May 28, starting at 10:45 am.

On the way we will pass places that are connected with local neo-Nazi history – there will be a short lecture by the ABAG. We will also take time for a moment of remembrance for Alex Selchow, who was murdered by Nazis in Rosdorf in 1991. Despite the historical background we will remember, it should also be a beautiful hike – we come together to remember, but also to have a good time together.

We will hike from the Kehr, over Mackenröder Spitze, Kerstlingeröder Feld and back to the Kehr. Please bring suitable shoes, snacks for common breaks and water. The trail is 13km long with slight inclines, there will be breaks with picnics in between. There is also an alternative end if people don’t want to walk the whole way and that is in Mackenrode Landolfshausen (bus connection).

Meeting point is at 10:45 am at Obere-Masch-Straße 10 to get there by bus. Cost for the bus ticket there and back is 4,80€ and can be covered by solidarity if needed. Just let us know beforehand.

Please come vaccinated, recovered or tested. During the hike we pay attention to a responsible cooperation. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Website of the ABAG: https://antifaschistisches-archiv.org/