Greek general strike next week

This video from 10 February 2010 is called General Strike Begins In Greece.

From CNN today:

Greek unions have declared a 48-hour general strike next week to protest new austerity measures set to be voted on by the Greek Parliament, one of Greece‘s biggest umbrella unions told CNN Thursday.

The strike will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) said.

Greece‘s Parliament is due to vote on a tough five-year package of tax increases and spending cuts on Tuesday.

Spanish MPs voted to strip the country’s workers of hard-won collective bargaining rights on Wednesday: here.

Greek protesters raise profile in Acropolis protest: here. And here.

Romania’s government said on Wednesday that it will lease or close more than a tenth of its railways in order to meet the conditions of a European Union and International Monetary Fund loan: here.

Protests in Senegal: here.

Britain: FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF GREEK, SPANISH AND EGYPTIAN WORKERS – say delegates to Unison conference: here.

4 thoughts on “Greek general strike next week

  1. Greek energy workers’ strike against privatisation plans

    On June 20, electricity workers at the state-owned Public Power Corp. (PPC) began an open-ended strike against privatization plans that form part of government austerity measures.

    The strike affected operations at 16 power plants across the country, with a combined capacity of 3,750 megawatts—approximately a third of PPC’s total power capacity.

    There were power cuts to selected towns across Greece as the national regulator, the Hellenic Transmission System Operator (HTSO), decided to shed load in order to protect the overall stability of the power grid.

    PPC and HTSO refused to give further details about projected demand, the extent of the planned power cuts or whether Greece was preparing to import electricity from neighbouring countries.

    In May last year, the Greek government accepted a €110 billion bailout from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund and is now seeking a further €100 billion to cover its borrowing needs for the next three years. As part of those loan deals, the government is seeking to implement a five-year austerity program on the backs of an increasingly restive working class.

    As part of the austerity plan, the government intends to reduce the state’s holdings in PPC from 51 to 34 percent, as well as cut its stake in other state-owned organisations.


  2. Czech transportation workers strike over austerity measures

    Transit workers across the country staged a 24-hour strike June 16, in a protest against the government’s austerity measures, which entail attacks on pensions and health care.

    The limited industrial action affected urban transit and railways.

    The centre-right government aims to bring the national budget deficit down from an estimated 4.2 percent of gross domestic product this year to below 3 percent by 2013 and to balance the budget by 2016. It is imposing pay freezes on much of the working population and slashing social spending.

    The government is also committed to delaying the age of retirement, introducing a pension system that would divert part of workers’ social security payments from the current pay-as-you-go scheme into private retirement accounts.

    Petr Necas, the Czech prime minister, recently told the Financial Times, “The steps we are taking are neither popular nor populist. We are taking steps that we must take. For this reason, we don’t expect that our steps will be joyfully received by the public.”

    The Financial Times report concluded, “The strike also led Václav Klaus, the president, to call off 70th birthday celebrations planned for Thursday. Mr. Klaus, an ardent advocate of free markets, has called on the government to sack the strikers and hire hundreds of buses to keep the country moving.”


  3. Protest at Cypriot university attacked by police

    A demonstration of hundreds of teachers, parents and students converged on the Eastern Mediterranean University rector’s office, in Famagusta on the island’s east coast June 21 to protest the planned sell-off of schools attached to the state-run university.

    The demonstrators shouted, “This country is not for sale,” referring to the sale to a Turkish educational conglomerate, and “No to privatisation!”

    According to the Cyprus Mail, the demonstrators found themselves barred from the university building by riot police. “[S]cuffles then broke out, apparently as protesters realised their identities were being recorded by other members of the university’s staff.”

    The head of DAU-SEN teachers’ union, Huseyin Ozkaramanli, told the paper, “We found ourselves face to face with hundreds of police in full riot gear. They were acting as if we planned to storm the building.”

    Following an unsuccessful attempt to meet with EMU’s rector, the demonstrators headed to the primary and secondary schools, located within EMU’s campus.

    Several protesters were injured, including a 17-year-old girl who was hit on the head by a police baton. Four were arrested and taken into custody.

    Unions say the school’s sell-off is a precursor to a planned sell-off of the university, which caters to around 20,000 students.


    Care workers at Dublin nursing home in sit-in over closure

    Ten migrant workers at the Rostrevor House nursing home in Rathgar staged a sit-in June 21, saying they were not leaving until the owners provided written assurances they would receive holiday pay and redundancy entitlements. Two of the workers blew the whistle on the alleged abuse of elderly residents at the south Dublin nursing home and were fired by the home last week.

    The Irish Times reported that the dismissals were confirmed by the SIPTU union and the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, as the last resident was moved out of the home and it was closed.

    One of the workers involved in the sit-in said she was upset at the way the Health Information and Quality Authority went about closing the care home: “They said nothing is going to happen and we would not lose our jobs, but everybody ends up losing their jobs.”


    Serbian road construction workers protest to demand bailout

    Hundreds of construction workers blocked main roads across Serbia on June 22 to demand that the government bail out Nibens Grupa—a major building group with millions of euros of debt caught up in a fraud scandal.

    According to Reuters, “Protesters, who brought parts of the capital Belgrade to a standstill, said the government needed to save Nibens Grupa to safeguard 5,000 jobs and upgrades to Serbia’s motorway network.”

    Road constructors also blocked roads around the cities of Kragujevac, Nis and Novi Sad.

    It is estimated that Nibens Grupa owes €110 million ($158 million) to banks and about the same amount to suppliers. The company suspended all operations last month, after Serbian police arrested its owner, Milo Djuraskovic, and seven other executives during investigations into a €32 million fraud.


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