Global day of Action against Starbucks: Here we are

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Global day of Action against Starbucks: Here we are

Here are the first reports about what is going on in Germany (and Switzerland) during the Global day of Action against Starbucks. Images may as well be found here (https://www.fau.org/artikel/art_080705-070956). Maybe others like to add what is up in their town:

Germany: Aachen:
Six activists picketing Starbucks. Many leaflets handed over to customers and workers and a couple of liters of Zapatista coffee served free of charge to those interested. Serveral baristas showed their sympathy once the team leader did not notice. Lots of interesting discussion with customers.

Germany: Frankfurt/Main
Picketing five Starbucks. Many people listened to the speeches, as three of the Starbucks are located in a heavily crowded areas with lots of street cafes etc. Many people interested and a lot of discussion.

Germany: Hamburg
About a dozen FAUistas took to the street, picketing five Starbucks in the center of the city. Many leaflets handed over and banner mounted.

Germany: Duisburg
More than 15 comrades from three syndicates at the information stall close to the biggest Starbucks at the Königstraße. Several hundred leaflets distributed. People mostly very interested in the matter.

Germany: Darmstadt
Local starbucks picketed by RASH (Red and anarchist skinheads) comrades, some of them FAU sympathizers.

Switzerland: Zug
Members of «Systembruch» have been leafletting workers, customers and people passing by. Good reactions, may be, because people just read about the plans to close 600 Starbucks and 12.000 jobs in the USA

Germany: Braunschweig
The FAU Braunschweig picketed Starbucks at the ECE shopping mall. After 35 minutes security guards forced us to leave the mall. We then distributed our leaflets outside the mall and had some interesting talk with Starbuck baristas there. One of them told us, that he already knew about the Global day of action.

Germany: Düsseldorf
Members of the Düsseldorf and Krefeld FAU locals entered 7 Starbucks in the city center and distributed leaflets.

Germany: Munich
Members of the Munich FAU education syndicate gave flyers to baristas and customers in five Starbucks at central Munich. The reactions of the customers were unanimously positive. There were lots of tourists around that already knew Starbucks from other countries and many people were quite upset about the union busting practise of Starbucks. Most baristas were somewhat anxious as the team leaders have been around. The comrades from Munich say, that this was a very positive experience and that they will repeat it whenever action is needed.

+++ to be continued +++

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Jul 5 2008 16:14
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Starbucks Global Day of Action - Belfast picket
Organise! and the WSM picketed Starbucks in Belfast city centre today from 12 to 1 pm. Despite the miserable weather around 12 people joined the picket and leafleted passers by and potential customers outside the coffee shop. At the start of the picket 3 people had gone inside to leaflet customers and staff. There was a very positive response to the picket however one person was falsely accused of assaulting a Starbuck's member of staff after leafleting staff and customers inside.

As part of the Global Day of Action against Starbucks called by the AIT/IWA and IWW Organise! and the WSM picketed Starbucks in Belfast today (5th July) to demand the reinstatement of Monica, a member of the anarcho-syndicalist member working in their central Seville outlet, and Cole Dorsey, an IWW member who was fired by Starbucks for organising in their Grand Rapids, Michican, shop.

Organise! and the WSM picketed Starbucks in Belfast city centre today from 12 to 1 pm. Despite the miserable weather around 12 people joined the picket and leafleted passers by and potential customers outside the coffee shop. At the start of the picket 3 people had gone inside to leaflet customers and staff. There was a very positive response to the picket however one person was falsely accused of assaulting a Starbuck's member of staff after leafleting staff and customers inside.

While Starbucks present themselves as a trendy, ethical corporation when it comes to their own workers they are ruthless union-busters determined to stop their employees organising. Monica was fired on the 24th of April without notice. She had worked in the central Seville branch of Starbucks for a year and a half when her manager suddenly claimed she "created problems with her workmates". She had resistged management when they made people work public holidays without extra pay. She refused to attend work meetings outside working hours where no pay or time in lieu was offered. Her sacking came after she asked about another worker who had ben fired. The store manager had told her on several occassions that she must have nothing to do with unions.

Barely a month later, in Grand Rapids, Michican, USA, Starbucks fired Cole Dorsey on June 6th. Cole had over two years of service and was active in the IWW Starbucks Workers Union.

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Jul 5 2008 17:37

(Update 19:30)

Germany: Braunschweig
The FAU Braunschweig picketed Starbucks at the ECE shopping mall. After 35 minutes security guards forced us to leave the mall. We then distributed our leaflets outside the mall and had some interesting talk with Starbuck baristas there. One of them told us, that he already knew about the Global day of action.

Germany: Düsseldorf
Members of the Düsseldorf and Krefeld FAU locals entered 7 Starbucks in the city center and distributed leaflets.

Germany: Munich
Members of the Munich FAU education syndicate gave flyers to baristas and customers in five Starbucks at central Munich. The reactions of the customers were unanimously positive. There were lots of tourists around that already knew Starbucks from other countries and many people were quite upset about the union busting practise of Starbucks. Most baristas were somewhat anxious as the team leaders have been around. The comrades from Munich say, that this was a very positive experience and that they will repeat it whenever action is needed.

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Jul 5 2008 20:05

Belfast day of action, im sure more details across Ireland will follow shortly
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/88241

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Jul 6 2008 13:29

Melbourne, Australia : http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=1246

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Jul 7 2008 23:08

https://publish.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/07/402828.html

london.Pictures in comment section.

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Jul 7 2008 04:01

The FAU-IWA organized information pickets at a total of 40 Starbucks in 16 towns all over Germany (Aachen, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Münster, Stuttgart, Hamburg, München, Nuremberg and Wuppertal). The customers reactions were very positive in general, many people not entering or even leaving the Starbucks once they heard about the working conditions and the union busting attempts of Starbucks. There was as well lots of sympathies from many baristas, though some others were inimitated by the presence of their bosses and team leaders. We will see wether Starbucks understands what will happen to them, once they do not re-instate Monica and Cole and stop the repression against other workers and their unions.

Detailed reports (in German language) including photos can be found at http://www.fau.org/artikel/art_080705-070956

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Jul 7 2008 14:55

Priama akcia - IWA Slovakia sent faxes to 2 the only stores of SB in Czech republic (Prague) and published article about the GDA (http://www.priamaakcia.sk/?action=view_article&id=441) with a text of the fax so people could modify and send too. Unfortunately it came a bit late - 5th July afternoon... Link to the article was then published also at Czech website www.csaf.cz.
By the way, there is no SB shop in Slovakia.

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Jul 7 2008 15:04

Global day of action website here:

http://gda.iwa-ait.org

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Jul 7 2008 17:59
rata wrote:
Global day of action website here:

http://gda.iwa-ait.org

I've put a link to this on the alasbarricadas Starbucks thread . Photos and report from Seville here.

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Jul 7 2008 18:10

SF (along with IWW) picketed in London, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and there may have been more aside.

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Jul 8 2008 03:51
october_lost wrote:
SF (along with IWW) picketed in London, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and there may have been more aside.

Are there some more information about Brighton, Bristol and Manchester? We could need some more words for our German language compilation at http://www.fau.org/artikel/art_080705-070956, but there is nothing about it on the IWA site.

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Jul 8 2008 04:36

Philadelphia:

http://www.phillyimc.org/en/node/70862

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Jul 8 2008 04:47

Rochester, NY:

http://rochester.indymedia.org/newswire/display/21524/index.php

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Jul 8 2008 19:42

Report (in Spanish) from the CNT in Seville on the overall success of the day of action around the world - http://sevilla.cnt-ait.es/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=83&Itemid=1
According to this there were pickets outside more than 300 Starbucks branches in over 80 cities in 20 different countries.
The countries with actions that haven't been mentioned on here so far include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Russia and New Zealand.

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Jul 8 2008 20:05

...actions that haven't been mentioned on here so far include... the most of the US citys and Brighton, Bristol and Manchester
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Jul 8 2008 20:30

Just found:
Saturday 5th July- as part of an international day of action against the latest illegal sackings of union activists in Michigan, USA and Seville, Spain, the West Midlands IWW helped organise a protest picket outside the main Starbucks store in Birmingham. The general public were very supportive of the protest. We were surprised how much people hated starbucks. The store manager hated the fact it the store was half empty, just like their tills.

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/07/403018.html

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Jul 8 2008 22:05

Got this snippet from a comrade in West Yorks SolFed:
"West Yorks leafleted three Starbucks outfits in Leeds on the 5th. Fairly good response, including workers."

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Martin

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Jul 8 2008 23:21

From the Grand Rapids Starbucks Workers Union blog - http://grsbuxunion.blogspot.com/

List of cities and countries that participated in the July 5th actions

Germany-35 Starbucks at Aachen, Berlin, Bonn,
Braunschweig, Bremen, Dortmund, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main,
Münster, Stuttgart, Hamburg, München and Nürnberg
Japan
Taiwan
Vienna, Austria
Spain- Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia
Portugal
Dublin, Ireland
Belfast, Ireland
Brighton, UK
London, UK
Burlington, VT, USA
Rochester, NY, USA
Birmingham, UK
Wroclaw, Poland (July 1st)
Chile
Argentina
Italy
Norway
Serbia
Slovakia
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Phoenix, AZ, USA
New York City, NY, USA
Boston, MA, USA
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Chicago, IL, USA
Tempe, AZ, USA
Melbourne, Australia
France
Fresno, CA, USA
Moscow, Russia
Philadelphia, PA
Switzerland

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Jul 9 2008 13:16

not bad, not bad at all....

If someone is particulatly bored they should do a little slide show video thing of pix from all the pickets and set it to music for youtube.

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Jul 9 2008 13:24

City with wobbly organised printshop:

City without wobbly organised printshop:

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Jul 9 2008 13:25

The proof of the effectiveness will be in the results.

The actual interesting part of this, for me, is that comrades from the various tendencies can actually cooperate, when need be. This in itself is worthy of looking at for the future.

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Jul 9 2008 14:16

You are right and it should continue.

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Jul 9 2008 15:26

to show solidarity with someone you've never met, in a different country. Very impressed.

The number of pickets, the number of countries reporting protests, and this may be a historical moment for the libertarian union movement. I cannot remember any other time like this one since 1996 when I got involved. There was the Borders Books solidarity over the firing of Miriam, but that occurred just in the English speaking countries.

Clearly as corporations become more global, so do we. I don't think the AFL in the United States could do something like this if they tried.

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Jul 9 2008 15:40

Seems like most of the events were aimed at consumers rather than at the workers inside.

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Jul 9 2008 15:55
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fnbrill wrote:
Seems like most of the events were aimed at consumers rather than at the workers inside.

In dublin we had two seperate events, pickets outside and people leafletting workers at the stores a few hours before. Don't be a jerk.

I'm glad you all did that, but connecting to the workers is seldom mentioned in the reports I've read.

How is it that asking about organizing the workers inside is being a jerk?

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Jul 9 2008 16:01

consumers are also workers

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Jul 9 2008 16:06
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consumers are also workers

All of them? Even the consumers who are bosses?

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Jul 9 2008 16:10

most consumers are workers and not bosses

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Jul 9 2008 20:14
Tacks wrote:
not bad, not bad at all....

If someone is particulatly bored they should do a little slide show video thing of pix from all the pickets and set it to music for youtube.

I haven't found a slide show yet but here's a world map showing the location of protests, courtesy of someone in the Seville CNT, and a local TV news report on the protest in Grand Rapids.

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Jul 9 2008 19:34
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The actual interesting part of this, for me, is that comrades from the various tendencies can actually cooperate, when need be. This in itself is worthy of looking at for the future.

My thoughts too. It's interesting and encouraging to see one of the regular posters on alasbarricadas saying something similar -

revetlla wrote:
Debemos tomar nota de lo bien que ha salido este día de acción global, y los IWW también. Llevan algunos años batallando contra Starbucks, pero su incidencia internacional apenas llegaba al mundo anglosajón.

La colaboración ha permitido que AIT y IWW extiendan el conflicto a medio mundo, y esa fuerza Starbucks la tendrá pronto presente.

Debemos reflexionar sobre la necesidad de fortalecer la Organización internacional, y en ese sentido no desdeñar la ayuda de otras organizaciones sindicalistas revolucionarias con las que podamos confluir en las luchas concretas.

Roughly translated - "We should take note of the good that has come out of this day of global action, as also should the IWW. They have spent a number of years battling against Starbucks but their international impact has only reached the English speaking world. This collaboration has allowed the IWA and the IWW to extend the conflict to half the world, and Starbucks are soon going to have bear this force in mind. We should reflect on the need to strengthen international organisation, and in this sense we shouldn't look down on help from other revolutionary syndicalist organisations with which we can come together in specific struggles."