Greek general strike, 26 September

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Greece calls general strike on Sept 26

Thursday 13 September 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Greece’s largest trade unions said today that they have called a general strike for September 26 in response to continuing efforts by the government to impose a new austerity package.

The date of the 24-hour strike was just decided today, a General Confederation of Greek Labour spokeswoman said, adding that the strike would be joined by a civil servants’ union.

So-called Troika lenders – the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – are demanding that Greece’s conservative-led government slashes a further €11.5 billion (£7bn) in budget costs over the next two years, resulting in a new round of wage and pension cuts.

The country’s three-month-old coalition government had previously pledged to avoid these cuts.

“One thing that has not been made sufficiently clear is that labour costs in Greece are already very low,” said government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou.

The leaders of the three governing coalition political parties are at odds over the proposed changes, with two minority parties insisting that that they will not accept any public-sector firings or further cuts to the minimum wage.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is fighting on two fronts. As well as getting the support of his coalition partners, he has to get the approval of EU debt inspectors. So far, Mr Samaras hasn’t managed to get either.

He met the heads of the Pasok and Democratic Left parties on Wednesday evening but agreement eluded them.

“Our European partners must realise that certain measures cannot be taken in a society that’s falling apart,” Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis said.

“Under no circumstances can our already degraded labour rights be dismantled further.”

Widespread strikes had continued on Wednesday as the governing coalition remained deadlocked.

Hospital doctors, schoolteachers and local authority employees walked out in protest at salary and funding cuts.

The three unions held a march in Athens carrying banners reading: “We will not pay for the crisis, we did not create it.”

Among the marchers were several mayors, including the capital’s Giorgos Kaminis.

Later, about 1,500 military officers marched to oppose a new round of salary cuts and disabled protesters angry at likely benefit cuts were out in force.

See also here. And here.

Strike report: here.

20 September strikes in Greece: here.

48-hour rolling strikes in Greece: here.

Greece’s Youth Unemployment Surpasses Spanish One in Eurostat-Report: here.

Greek trade unions signalled a fresh round of 24-hour strikes and walkouts today to protest against yet another wave of austerity attacks in the government’s 2013 draft budget: here.

Dean Baker, Truthout: People in eurozone countries are sleeping in the streets and eating out of dumpsters in increasing numbers due to the callous austerity demands of the now-infamous troika: the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund: here.

6 thoughts on “Greek general strike, 26 September

  1. GREECE: The economy will have contracted by 25 per cent by the time the recession ends, finance minister Yannis Stournaras warned today.

    “The cumulative reduction of GDP since 2008 is just under 20 per cent and is expected to reach 25 per cent by 2014,” he said.

    Unpaid government bills and other debts to the private sector have reached €6.5 billion (£5.2bn).


  2. Rail transport staff strike in Athens, Greece

    Rail public transport employed on the Athens metro, tram and Kifissia-Piraeus ISAP electric railway began a 24-hour strike Thursday to protest the coalition government’s ongoing austerity programme, including the further €14 billion in cuts passed earlier this month.

    The workers are also protesting plans to increase ticket prices and are demanding the government return ticket prices to 2009 levels. As well as a drop in prices to one euro, workers are calling for free transport for the unemployed, students and people on low pensions.


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