Private Project

The Women's Strike Continues

Protests against tightening of abortion law prove that women pose a real threat to prevailing power relations. However, this is not the only manifestation of their strength in recent years. "Women's strike continues” shows that women's resistance in Poland has its history.

Film depicts the struggle of women who work in municipal kindergartens and nurseries in Poznań (Poland). They fight for living wages and better conditions for themselves and the kids. In 2011, the women set up a union section. Since then they have learned to put pressure on their employers effectively, and they have also supported other workers during their struggles.

Women interviewed in the film describe how many kindergartens and nurseries were closed after the "turnaround" in the 1990s. Subsequently, women with kids had an even bigger burden of housework. While the low wages of kindergarten workers were regularly "adjusted" early on, the municipal government froze them in the early 2010s. At the same time, high sums of money from the city budget went to public construction projects, including a new stadium for the European Football Championships 2012.

The women learned that their work in the kindergartens and nurseries was hardly valued. In 2011, they founded a union section of Inicjatywa Pracownicza (Workers' Initiative), a base union without bureaucrats, demanded wage increases and smaller groups of children and organized actions on the street, in the city hall, and in front of kindergartens.

The film works with interview clips of Silvia Federici who explains how domestic reproductive labor produces and maintains the value-creating labor power. According to Federici, that shows the central importance of reproductive labor mostly done by women for the functioning of capitalism.

These clips are combined with statements by women workers who describe the enormous burden of wage work and reproductive work. Not only do they have to work under bad condtions, afterwards they also have to take care of their own children and older family members which leaves them hardly any time for other things. Furthermore, the wage in the kindergartens isn't sufficient so that many need to have "second jobs."

Faced with bad working and living conditions, the kindergarten workers came up with demands to improve the conditions, and in the film they emphasize the significance of proper actions in order to force the other side into concessions.

They were supported by parents, and through these contacts learned more about bad conditions in other sectors so that they started to support struggles in those sectors, too. The kindergarten workers also participated in the countrywide demonstrations against the thightening of the abortion ban in the fall of 2016 ("Black Protest") which are shown in the film.

  • Magda Malinowska
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Strajk Kobiet Trwa
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    51 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 8, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Poland
  • Language:
    English, Polish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Nordic Labour Film Festival
    November 10, 2019
  • WatchDocs
    October 25, 2019
  • Demakijaż Festiwal Kina Kobiet
    October 24, 2019
  • October Feminist Festival
    October 11, 2019
  • Filmveranstaltungsreihe im Vorfeld des 8. März Basel
    May 25, 2019
  • Przegląd Kina Aktywistycznego
    March 21, 2019
  • Filmveranstaltungsreihe im Vorfeld des 8. März Leipzig
    February 20, 2019
  • Filmveranstaltungsreihe im Vorfeld des 8. März Berlin
    January 22, 2019

    Hong Kong
    November 14, 2018
    Hong Kong premiere
  • Women's Day in Muza cinema
    March 8, 2018
    pre-release screening
  • pre-release screening in CK Imperial Castle Poznan
    February 17, 2018
    pre-release screening
Director Biography - Magda Malinowska

Magda Malinowska - a member of Inicjatywa Pracownicza trade union, co organizer of the Social Congress of Women, co founder of film collective SzumTV. Currently works in the Polish branch of Amazon. She is the author of several social-related films, among them are:

The "Plyta” - introducing the figure of M. Szary, an uncompromising trade union activist, employed in the Cegielski factory in Poznan/Poland,

The “Bourgeoisie returns to the center" - explaining the process of gentrification on the example of several Polish cities and Berlin,

The “Mothers’ Strike” - about single mothers who squat flats and stage a hunger strike in Walbrzych, fighting with mass evictions (in cooperation with Think Tank Feministyczny)

The "Special Exploitation Zone" - about the strike and living conditions of workers employed in polish Special Economic Zones (in cooperation with Think Tank Feministyczny)

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