Comment to our demands

Our demands are


1. Reduce all non-urgent work that can be postponed, but continue to pay wages! No lockouts or dismissals! Hygienic and safe workplaces!


2. Extend fully paid childrens’ sick days without any temporal limitations to all parents without exception that are affected by daycare and school closures!


3. Suspend all Hartz IV sanctions, deportations and evictions in order to prevent additional hardship for vulnerable persons!


4. Show solidarity with health care professionals and comply with their demands!


5. Inform the public instead of enacting emergency regulations! Ensure freedom of assembly, movement and expression! Protect personal rights and data!


6. Ensure safe housing and sufficient medical care for everyone! Especially for refugees, homeless persons, and persons who suffer from domestic abuse and violence!


7. Provide international aid to countries in need with medical equipment and the vaccine, once it is developed!

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Comment to our demands

1. Reduce all non-urgent work that can be postponed, but continue to pay wages! No lockouts or dismissals! Hygienic and safe workplaces!

With this, we follow the demands that workers make in this moment all over the world. While public life gradually is facing restrictions, workers are forced to continue working under conditions that may be risky to their health. We are aware that certain forms of work remain necessary, especially in the health sector, the production and distribution of food and other vital goods as well as care work and attention for the young, sick and elder ones. However, protecting the health of workers should always be imperative. To ensure this, additional time for disinfection must be given. Production must be sensibly reduced, slowed down and restructured, as the workers at Amazon in Piacenza, Italy, demand from the management.

Workers who do not work in these immediately vital areas should be able to stay at home to protect themselves and others. However, this is only possible if their livelihood is secured during this time, either through continued wage payments by employers or through a state wage replacement payment.

Workers in various countries have already questioned the social urgency of their work under the current conditions of the corona virus and demanded the temporary cessation of production, for example at the Italian manufacturer of luxury clothes Corneliani in Mantua and at Mercedes in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. In addition, workers went on strike in several countries because of insufficient hygiene measures. Wage earners have already begun to coordinate their resistance internationally, despite governments closing borders and a nationalist atmosphere. For example, workers at Amazon have drafted an international petition for health protection measures. In this situation, the resistance must be as transnational as the virus itself and the crises that accompany it.

You can find more about the strikes and protests in the course of the Corona crisis in our chronicle of strikes and protests.

2. Extend fully paid children’s’ sick days without any temporal limitations to all parents without exception that are affected by day care and school closures!

Schools and day care centres were closed on Monday 16.3. Emergency care is provided only for certain professional groups. Many employees cannot use emergency care, although they still have to go to work. This hits precariously employed wage earners particularly hard. They cannot afford to stay at home because they are particularly dependent on their income and are also more likely to be dismissed. Women are also particularly affected. When day care centres and schools close, care, education and support are shifted to private responsibility. Because these activities are still generally considered to be women’s work, women now have to shoulder a large part of the additional burden, and this unpaid.

This existential threat would be stopped if all parents were paid child sickness benefits by their employers because of the closure of day care centres and schools. The closure would thus not be carried out on the backs of the employed parents.

3. Suspend all Hartz IV sanctions, deportations and evictions in order to prevent additional hardship for vulnerable persons!

The unemployed, refugees and homeless are among the people most at risk from the pandemic. The sanctions imposed by the job centres multiply the already permanent financial degradation of Hartz IV recipients and increase poverty even further. Therefore, all Hartz IV sanctions must now be suspended and subsidies for stockpiling must be paid out. However, these demands are only an intermediate step. We demand an unconditional basic security for all those affected.

There is a particular risk of infection in collective accommodations and ANKER centres. There is simply no room for sufficient safety distance. Social contacts that are sufficiently secure are difficult to establish in shared rooms, common kitchens and shared sanitary facilities. In addition, information and attention are deficient, and social welfare offices and immigration authorities have a repressive policy. Despite the pandemic, deportations continue to take place and police and radical right-wing groups on the border between Turkey and Greece are preventing refugees from crossing the border. We demand the urgently needed equalization of the housing situation by decentralizing accommodation and immediately stopping any deportation of refugees.

Lawsuits for eviction are a means of disciplining unwelcome tenants and removing those who are particularly underprivileged. At the same time, many people now do not know how to pay the next rent. Recently, the eviction of a tenant in Berlin, suspected of having a corona infection, could only be suspended at the last second. The eviction could be adjourned, but the problem itself is only postponed. Due to the pandemic, the government is calling for everyone to stay at home. At the same time, forced evictions continue. The anti-corona slogan #staythefuckhome shows some blind spots. How can you stay „at home“ if you lose your home? We demand: Stop all forced evictions immediately.

The complete restriction of public life and the curfews lead to the strengthening of surveillance and control of the public space. Anyone who does not respect the curfew will have to face fines. This means even more repression for homeless people. How should homeless people without accommodation respect the curfew? How should they pay the fine when they have no income? The curfew becomes a means of repression. We demand the lifting of any curfews.

4. Show solidarity with health care professionals and comply with their demands!

One of the reasons why the corona pandemic is so dangerous is that the health system has long been at the limit of its capacity – even without a pandemic.

The virus outbreak is hitting understaffed and poorly equipped hospitals in all countries. In our country, too, hospitals have been transformed over the last few decades into competitive enterprises that now have to operate profitably. A patient is treated as a case that brings in a certain amount of money. Even in standard mode, hospitals are already working at the limits of their capacity.

This is affecting in particular healthcare professionals. There have been protests against the absence of nursing staff for years and for some time, nursing staff have been trying to stand up against this conditions. Due to the difficult starting position right now, it is to be feared that the situation in the hospitals will worsen further as the number of Covid19 patients increases. In Italy, where the healthcare system was massively cut back under pressure from Germany and the EU after the crisis of 2008/09, the collapse is already a reality in some regions. The current situation not only leads to unnecessarily high mortality rates among patients, but also to avoidable infections of employees, and massive overwork.

Therefore, it is very important to show solidarity with the hospital staff and to support and spread their demands. They will feel the effects of the health crisis most strongly and know best what is going wrong and what is needed. You can find the nurses‘ demands here and here. There is also a petition.

5. Inform the public instead of enacting emergency regulations! Ensure freedom of assembly, movement and expression! Protect personal rights and data!

We are not only shocked by the devastation caused by Corona, but have to face a second shock in view of the measures taken by the state to combat the virus. Within a very short time, massive interventions in our lives were decided in risk areas. People are no longer allowed to leave their homes – unless they are on their way to work or to buy provisions. Public life is dying. Where it is still allowed to meet in small groups, people have to hand in their data, as recently in Berlin. The borders between countries are closed and under police surveillance. For 30 days, non-EU citizens are no longer allowed to enter Germany.

In the slipstream of the current emergency situation comes the threat that state surveillance and control measures are expanded and that the state of emergency could get normal, which has already been usual practice in some countries for some time. In France, emergency laws have been used in recent years for the undemocratic enactment of laws against wage earners and for the brutal suppression of protest movements such as the yellow vests. In Germany, too, police laws have extended the executive’s power, and the borders have already been militarized for years.

The new emergency laws are already impeding necessary political meetings and protest. For example, protest against the forced eviction of a left-wing pub in Berlin has been criminalized, as has a protest tent of refugees in Hamburg. Thus, under the pretext of the pandemic, the state has a free hand to intervene against unwelcome protest.

In any case, the corona crisis in itself brings along enough cause for new social conflicts. In many countries, employees are already on strike against the companies’ insufficient health management. If the economic crisis worsens further, leading to plant closures and shutdowns, employees may even have to broaden their protests.

We see that in times of Corona the common political protest forms have to be reconsidered and responsibly planned. We also know that there are virtual spaces of political action. Nevertheless, we clearly reject any assembly bans. Assemblies and demonstrations are basic democratic rights and, especially in times of crisis, indispensable means of action. The epidemic must not be used as a pretext for a further dismantling of democratic rights!

6. Ensure safe housing and sufficient medical care for everyone! Especially for refugees, homeless persons, and persons who suffer from domestic abuse and violence!

There is a particular risk of infection in collective accommodations and ANKER centres. Safety precautions, such as spatial separation, cannot be met and access to medical care is extremely difficult due to the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act. Up to now there is quasi no information for the inhabitants of the camps in Germany on how to deal with the Corona virus. In addition, refugees suffer repressions by authorities, as for example in Suhl, where over 500 people are kept in quarantine and prevented from leaving the area by the police. Throughout Europe, the situation for refugees is extremely acute to devastating, especially in the mass accommodation facilities. Therefore, we demand an evacuation of the camps, decentralized and safe accommodation and access to medical care! There are detailed statements and demands from the Refugee Council of Bavaria and Women in Exile.

Also the homeless need secure accommodation and access to medical care. Homeless shelters are overcrowded and often have to be left during the day. While people are forced to live on the streets, putting their health at risk, vacancies are increasing in our cities. We call for the opening of vacant flats and advocate occupations!

For many women, it is very worrying being isolated at home due to the spread of Covid19. Men perpetrate (sexual) violence and femicide most often in close proximity. The home is not automatically a safe place for women in patriarchal society. There are alarming reports from Austria and China: there, during quarantine, there was a sharp increase in violence against women and children by (marriage) partners. Due to the travel and curfew regulations, it was even more difficult for women to escape this violence than it would have been anyway. Therefore, we are calling for more financial and spatial capacity for women’s shelters and women’s emergency calls, as well as for men’s emergency calls. We call for the opening of vacant housing so that women can find safe accommodation for themselves.

7. Provide international aid to countries in need with medical equipment and the vaccine, once it is developed!

The corona pandemic is currently spreading, especially in Europe and China, where health care systems have suffered from austerity measures in recent years. The current situation in Iran gives a gruesome view of what will happen if the corona virus spreads to the poorer countries of the global south. The health care systems there could become overburdened much faster due to a lack of equipment, and people who, e. g. suffer from malnutrition, also have a weaker immune system. A catastrophe is imminent, considering how overburdened the system in “rich” Italy already is. That is why we are calling for important medical supplies such as protective masks, disinfectants, medicines and vaccines to be made available to people in affected countries in the global south.

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