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Raise your fist against XXXXXX!

Published on Dec 19, 2015 Tags: , ,
“Hey! How's life?! Have a seat!” chirped XXXXXX's head manager, Ramazan, as four of us from FAU Berlin entered the tinselly main dining room of the XXXXXX restaurant where our member had worked for three months--and had, according to our calculations, had over 1,000 euros in worked wages and other claims stolen from him by his employers. We had come to talk with the general manager, Magdalena R., about the letter we had sent to her and XXXX XXXXXX GmbH—the parent company of XXXXXX--two weeks before, and which she (and they) had practically ignored.

With Magdalena nowhere to be found, Ramazan sat down cooly, smiling, “Oh I had no idea about this,-- but you know, we are family here”. – At XXXXXX, evidently, if you are a worker, they use one hand to give warm handshakes, while the other is looting your pay cheque.

After ten minutes, XXXX XXXXXX's accountant arrived to irritably insist that we give her one more week to “check” our figures for the back wages – namely, made up of unpaid holiday pay and late night worked hours; – money that all gastronomy workers in Germany have a legal right to that the bosses at XXXXXX apparently make a regular habit of grifting. But hey, that's what family does, right?

FAU had also demanded our member's pay cheques, since he had only ever received one. On this one pay cheque, they had charged a 90 euro food stipend—a neat “perk” of the job they did not actually give to our member, who had collected receipts from when they had made him pay for his own food.

During December 12th's phone and email protest, FAU members and supporters sent emails and made several phone calls to XXXXXX and XXXX XXXXXX to let them know that workers at their restaurant have the right to receive their full wages without argument. However, all the protestors were told the same by XXXXXX's management: “We will not pay”.

Owners and managers of the Berlin restaurant scene who employ many of Berlin's migrant workers often don't follow many basic German labour laws, but apparently their backhanded confidence in not being found out or successfully challenged remains unshaken; – thus so, FAU Berlin is fighting them again.

Join us for the rally on Saturday, January 16 at 7pm on Hackescher Markt, out front of XXXXXX:


Update, Feb. 15, 2016: Due to a temporary injunction against FAU Berlin, the concerned restaurant cannot be named at the moment. The grassroots union is defending union liberty politically and legally.

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