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The 24-hour nationwide strike of Vodafone employees held Friday, Feb. 28 2014 was a great success. The strike was called against the establishment of the “new company “/ subcontractor of Wind & Vodafone, where they plan to transfer the bulk of technical staff. During the strike a new general assembly was called at the Palini (Attica Greece) headquarters which decided to escalate protests by calling two more 24 hour strikes, for Friday March 7th and Monday, the 10th, which are the two days that management plans to transfer workers to the new company without proper notification and consent of the employees.

On Monday March 10th a new general assembly is called to assess the situation and plan the course of action. For a year now our employee unions (of Vodafone & Wind) decisively and steadily resist the transfer of technicians to the “new” subcontractor company, complaining that it is just a plan by management for the sole purpose of dividing up workers in separate companies, to weaken their unions, and thus to diminish the effects of the acquired rights fought for by the unions. Eventually their primary goal for this transformation is to abolish the Collective Bargaining Agreement in effect. Read the rest of this entry »

After an internet service provider (ISP) Hellas OnLine succeeded in transferring most of their employees to another company, two major cellular phone carriers followed their example by transferring most of their employees to a common subcontractor.  300 of Vodafone’s and Wind’s employees transferred to a contracting company which was founded a few months ago for the exact purpose, without obtaining the consent of their workers.  The newly founded contractor is name Victus Networks SA and the only shareholders of this company are Vodafone and Wind, with each holding a 50% stake at their contractor.

At Hellas OnLine workers were called to sign their resignation voluntarily and be sign-up at a new contractor with a three month temporary contract and with significantly lower wages.  If they denied they would just be fired.

Vodafone and Wind have “advanced” further in revealing the true face of neoliberalism.  According to the employers the transfer would take place “automatically” and this is an arbitrary interpretation of a Presidential decree that gives the right to an employer to transfer employees from one organization to another.  The employers, however, failed to mention the most important: of conventions that are is still enforced.

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