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People who struggle with government agencies, landlords and bosses meet and support each other at Wilhelmsburg Solidarity. We stand together to accomplish our goals.

On the first and third Wednesday of each month
 • 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Infoalden Wilhelmsburg • 
Fährstraße 48

Anlaufpunkt gegen Arbeitsunrecht – Themenschwerpunkte März, April, Mai 2018


English below… dates, times and topics of the „Drop-in Point against labour injustice“ for the next three months

Konflikte am Arbeitsplatz und kein Land in Sicht? Du willst weniger arbeiten oder ganz aufhören zu arbeiten? Deine Chefin schuldet dir noch Geld? Wir unterstützen dich!

Jeden zweiten Sonntag im Monat findet von 14:00 bis 16:00 Uhr der Anlaufpunkt gegen Arbeitsunrecht im Infoladen Wilhelmsburg (Fährstr. 48) statt. Dort überlegen wir, wie wir uns gegen Chefs und Leistungsdruck wehren können. Denn wir wissen: Nur am Küchentisch zu meckern, bringt uns nicht weiter. Deshalb organisieren wir uns, stehen uns mit Rat und Tat zur Seite, wälzen Rechtsratgeber und planen gemeinsam Aktionen.

Außerdem bereiten wir für jedes Treffen einen Themenschwerpunkt zu Fragen vor, die viele von uns betreffen. Hier sind die Termine und Themenschwerpunkte der nächsten drei Monate:

11.03: Anlaufpunkt gegen Arbeitsunrecht  + Fortführung der Diskussion und der Vernetzung zum Thema „Betriebsräte“

08.04.: Anlaufpunkt gegen Arbeitsunrecht  + Themenschwerpunkt „Mindestlohn“

13.05.: Anlaufpunkt gegen Arbeitsunrecht  + Themenschwerpunkt „Schwarzarbeit“

Alle bisherigen Tipps und Infos zu den Themenschwerpunkten findet ihr hier: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AnlaufpunktgegenArbeitsunrechtHH/notes  oder auf dieser Seite unter der Rubrik »Tipps für den Alltag«

Der Anlaufpunkt gegen Arbeitsunrecht wird organisiert von der FAU Hamburg, der Grupo de Acción Sindical Hamburg – GAS HH, der IWW Hamburg und uns, Wilhelmsburg Solidarisch.

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Nordelbe’s dirty tricks and what we can do against them

Rents in Wilhelmsburg are rising. Ten years ago, 6 euros per square meter was still customary – today it is 10 euros, and often even more in the Reiherstiegviertel. Many of us are in financial difficulties. Many of us face the threat of eviction from the district or even from the city. This is the political intention! The focus of the private Nordelbe GmbH is on profit. And for profit, everything seems to be allowed. We would like to inform you about the harassment of the Nordelbe, its background and how we defend ourselves against it.

155 EURO CONTRACT CONCLUSION FEE – 3 MONTH RENT DEPOSIT AT ONE GO – TEMPORARY SUBLEASE? NOT WITH US!

When concluding a rental agreement, Nordelbe charges 155 Euro as handling fee. That’s illegal, and you can get the money back. Pay the fee first, otherwise the Nordelbe may not be willing to let you the apartment. As soon as you have moved in, you can request the money back in writing from the Nordelbe.

The Nordelbe also requires the first warm rent and three cold rents as a deposit before handing over the keys. If you don’t have that kind of money in your account, don’t panic. You have the right to pay the deposit in three equal installments in three months. However, enforcing this right can be difficult. From our experience we know that Nordelbe will resist this. So, until there is no handover of the keys, we prefer to come to one of our meetings to discuss the procedure together.

In addition, the Nordelbe is trying to limit subletting to 6 months. No matter what Nordelbe claims, this limitation is invalid! Permission is automatically granted for an unlimited period of time. It also requires the identification card of the subtenant. However, it is sufficient if the main tenants state the name, date of birth and occupation of the subtenants.

All these practices of the Nodelbe are designed to make as much profit as possible. As long as living space has to yield profit and is not managed by us tenants, evictions, rising rents and moldy apartments will be on the agenda. If you don’t want to lose out, you can fight back together with us. Come to a meeting of Wilhelmsburg Solidarisch if you have problems with your landlord. Often a letter is enough to defend oneself against the illegal tricks. You can find sample letters here.

SAGA’s dirty tricks and what we can do against them

Rents in Wilhelmsburg are rising. Ten years ago, 6 euros per square meter was still customary – today it is 10 euros, and often even more in the Reiherstiegviertel. Many of us are in financial difficulties. Many of us face the threat of eviction from the district or even from the city. This is the political intention! The focus of the city-owned SAGA is on profit. And for profit, everything seems to be allowed. We would like to inform you about the harassment of the SAGA, its background and how we defend ourselves against it.

SUBLETTING ONLY AFTER INTERVIEW?
NOT WITH US!

Recently, SAGA has requested that subtenants get to know each other in a personal conversation. That is legally unnecessary! It is sufficient if the main tenants state the name, date of birth and occupation of the subtenants.

Why does SAGA do this? She wants to make sure the „right“ people move in. Only in March they were sentenced to 1,000 EURO compensation for rejecting a woman on account of her Turkish-sounding name. In court, SAGA made it clear that it wants to determine in which areas poor people or people with a foreign-sounding surname are allowed to move – and in which areas not.

It is obvious to us that eviction of the poor and racist discrimination are official policies of the city! After all, cheap apartments in Eppendorf will not be made available to us in return. On the contrary. Although demand is rising, we are seeing less and less affordable housing because almost all of it is being built for the better off.

We must defend ourselves against this! As long as living space has to yield profit and is not managed by us tenants, evictions, rising rents and moldy apartments will be on the agenda. If you don’t want to lose out, you can defend yourselves together with us. Come to a meeting of Wilhelmsburg Solidarisch if you have problems with your landlord. With us, a letter was enough to get the subletting approved without an interview. You can find the letter here. By the way: If you are not allowed to sublet, you may even be entitled to damages. We are happy to support you in this as well.

Everyday all day: Perspectives on self-organization in everyday struggles

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Hier ist die deutsche Version dieses Textes.
Aquí encuentras la versión española.

It’s Monday morning and the weekend is over. There’s the blues again – trouble at work, trouble with government agencies, trouble with the landlord. As strong as we feel at demonstrations or amongst our circle of friends, we often feel alone facing the troubles in everyday life. It seems to be the same for others, too: there’s the neighbour who seems to be nice but is always tired and harried from her job, or the friend who is facing a lawsuit for being unable to pay his bills. But more often than not, everybody is dealing with allegedly private, personal problems alone.

To counter this miserable condition with political action, for quite some time now some left-wing groups rely on self-organization in everyday struggles. Be it in their respective neighbourhoods or having a specific topic (e.g. renting and evictions or unemployment), people get together to exchange experiences and find solutions for the impositions of bureaucratic-capitalist normality. They organize themselves as those affected by the terror of labor, deportations or the craziness of government agencies. Bureaucracy is countered by clever joint political action, isolation with practical solidarity.

This open forum will discuss the current state and future perspectives of self-organization in everyday struggles in a (self-)critical way. We want to give some of the above mentioned groups an opportunity to talk about the questions that arise out of their political praxis: What strategic topics and problems are currently debated? When are the groups successful – and where do they fail? What do everyday struggles and self-organization have to do with the possibility of broader social transformation?

The following groups will be represented on the panel:
• BASTA! is counseling unemployed people and organize them for joint political action against „Jobcenters“.
FAU Berlin successfully engages in grassroots union work.
• Oficina Precaria Berlin supports, counsels and organizes migrants facing problems with German government agencies and the German social system.
• Wilhelmsburg Solidarisch relies on self-organization and direct action where people are facing problems with landlords, government agencies and their bosses at work.

The event will be held in English. A simultaneous translation into German will be available.

Supported by the AStA of the Universität Hamburg and by the AStA of the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg.

Friday – 2/12 – 19.30
Rote Flora – Achidi-John-Platz 1