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FlexKantina to fight exploitation

21 May 2006 – A FlexKantina has been opened in Amsterdam last April. The initiative intends to lay a foundation for direct action to fight exploitation in the catering sector, initiators explained at the Netherlands Social Forum (NSF) yesterday.

Each friday, a squat opens it’s doors for bar and restaurant workers in the Leidseplein area. Currently, they only have the Burger King or McDonald’s to meet each other.

In the past, FlexKantina’s initiators – Searchweb, Anarchist Group Amsterdam and Flexmens – have achieved some success by using direct action against a restaurant owner who did not pay his employee the wages he owed him. The FlexKantina is intended to lay a foundation for similar actions in the future. Flyers will be distributed in order to make the Kantina known to workers.

At the NSF, Flexmens also discussed the increasing precarity many people are facing as a result of insecure incomes and residence status. “Yes, even Hirsi Ali is facing precarity these days”, Flexmens’ Willem Dekker said, referring to the Member of Parliament whose Dutch nationality was declared invalid by integration minister Rita Verdonk.

Background: Thai restaurant made to pay back wages

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