(second in a series of texts on Konstantina that are distributed in the streets of Athens these days – the first one is here)
When, in hearing Konstantina Kuneva’s name, we bring in mind “slave-trade” and the new work conditions’ “Middle Ages” we immediately forget that the model of subcontracting workers via agencies is not a set-back of the capitalist system to archaic models of work management that should be somehow “reviewed”. It is one of the most extreme contemporary forms of exploitation.
We forget that, from the continuous intensification and flexibility of work conditions to insurance, job lay-offs and work accidents, the attack of the bosses concerns the repressed in their entirety – and in this sense one and all can feel close to them the case of Konstantina.
So-called “employer lawlessness” does not concern individual bosses and specialised exploitation methods. The maximization-of-profit-by-all-means is the only issue that concerns each and every boss, who “risk their capital” over our own heads. The terrorism of the bosses concerns conditions of exception as much as the bullets of the cops do. Although, in the case of the attack against Konstantina what shocked was the upgraded form of violence against her, her case managed to spontaneously reveal to one and all that the bosses drink our blood by all means possible every-single-day.
Solidarity is not humanism of any sort. Solidarity means to take a stance: to connect the events with their true causes, the dismissal of life with the real face of its executioners. The increasingly conscious polarisation is the only radical and feasible answer to the war waged from the bosses and organised apathy. In the face of the coming revolt, compiling our negations is half of our common task.
In the struggle against this world Konstantina is not alone.