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Issue #1508      6 July 2011

Powerful nationwide strikes in Greece

Message from the KKE (Communist Party of Greece)

A big nationwide mobilisation which started last week with the 48-hour strike continues with the class oriented forces playing the leading role.

The flags of All Workers Militant Front (PAME) waved in workplaces, enterprises, construction sites, ports, public authorities. Tens of thousands of workers responded to the militant call of PAME. The strike has succeeded! Self-employed, poor farmers, pensioners, immigrants and students were there too.

Hard Battles took place at the gates of the factories and the ramps of the ships in order to picket the strike and make capital feel the power of the working class where it hurts most, as happened yesterday when hundreds of thousands took part in the strike.

During the dozens of demonstrations held throughout the country protesters voted unanimously against the measures in streets and squares.

The working people reject the new anti-people measures and refuse to become slaves of the plutocracy. We should note that the new anti-people measures reduce wages and pensions, increase further retirement ages and indirect taxation from 13% to 23%, strike a blow on social security and the list of hazardous occupations, increase the daily unpaid working time, establish particularly low wages for young people.

Also abolish collective labour agreements, establish temporary contracts which entail dismissals without compensation, reduce “social” benefits etc. In addition, they privatise companies, land, water supply services, ports, airports etc that were owned by the state in order to bring money to state funds and pay the debt, as they claim themselves. Nevertheless, the reason is that they want to hand over new sectors of the economy to the capitalists in order to invest their over-accumulated capital.

The vast majority of the protesters who participated in the strike demonstrations held in 65 cities demonstrated with the flags of PAME and not with the so-called “indignant citizens” or with the leaderships of the yellow unions GSEE-ADEDY.

The Executive Secretariat of PAME saluted the hundreds of thousands of strikers who fought decisively for the strike. On the afternoon of the first day of the strike PAME organised a massive demonstration in the centre of Athens which extended up to the parliament. The strong picket lines of the demonstration prevented small provocateur groups from setting up provocations with the aim to dissolve the demonstration.

Although hundreds of thousands of strikers struggled dynamically for the strike, which succeeded all over the country, although streets and squares flooded by the demonstrations, the international media showed the activity of the provocateurs as if it was the main issue in Greece and hardly spent a few seconds for the strike.

The press office of the KKE noted in its statement: “quite accidentally” the various groups of hooded people appeared during the strike demonstrations with the police riot forces. This fact is yet more evidence that enables the people to see that the movement which the system and their repressive mechanisms are afraid of is the movement in the factories and the enterprises, the movement of the working class that gives a perspective to the people. The class oriented workers’ movement knows how to struggle and protect itself from the provocateurs. The struggles continue undiminished.  

Furthermore, the Executive Secretariat denounced the stage-managed games of some dozens of hooded individuals with the police riot forces because they seek to slander the workers’ struggles, intimidate the working people and the youth and prevent their participation in the strike demonstrations. PAME called on the workers to defy them and give an organised answer to the provocative action of these mechanisms through their mass participation in the demonstrations.

In an interview at MEGA TV channel on June 28 KKE General Secretary Aleka Papariga, talking about the possibility of bankruptcy in case the parliament does not adopt the anti-people measures of the government the GS of the CC said:

“Bankruptcy is a fact. Perhaps now they agree on the conditions or the distribution of the possible losses among the creditors.” Aleka Papariga called on the people to struggle for the disengagement of the country from the EU and for parallel radical changes in society and economy.

On the second day of the strike PAME along with PASEVE (Nationwide Antimonopoly Rally of the Self-employed and the small Tradesman), PASY (All Farmers’ Militant Rally ), MAS (Students’ Militant Front ) and OGE (Greek Women Federation) held mass strike demonstrations in 65 large cities of the country.

In Athens the demonstration took place in Omonoia square. A delegation of the Central Committee of the KKE headed by the Aleka Papariga participated in the demonstration. Afterwards followed a march in the streets of the city that ended to Omonia square where the protesters stayed till the voting on the package of the new anti-people measures which was adopted in the afternoon by the parliamentary majority of PASOK, with 155 votes.  

Next article – To the comrades of the CP of Greece and the All Workers Militant Front (PAME)

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