Greek media workers, cleaners keep fighting

Sacked cleaners of the Greek Finance Ministry picketing the Vouli (Greek parliament) last Saturday

From daily News Line in Britain, about Greece:

Monday, 11 November 2013

Sacked Athens cleaners’ daily pickets

THOUSANDS of workers and students rally every evening to the ERT building (State TV and Radio corporation) in an Athens suburb demanding the withdrawal of the riot police who stormed the workers’ occupation last Thursday morning.

ERT journalists and technicians organise every evening a 9 o’clock news television programme which is broadcast from the street outside the gates of the building surrounded by riot police.

Last Saturday night, riot police pushed away from the gates several parliamentary deputies of the Coalition of the Radical Left party (SYRIZA) who were demanding to enter the ERT building to see the operation of state security forces inside the building.

The riot police storming of the occupied ERT last Thursday is yet another violent dictatorial act by the parliamentary junta of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Meanwhile, the EC-IMF-ECB troika representatives who are in Athens are dictating terms to the Greek coalition government over next year’s Budget concentrating on mass sackings, in both the private and public sectors, and heavier taxation of workers, small farmers, professionals and shop keepers.

The sacked cleaners of the Finance Ministry are continuing their fight with daily pickets at the Ministry building in central Athens as well as outside the Vouli. …

Also, last Saturday, rallies and demonstrations took part in several Greek cities as part of a ‘protest day against gold mining’ in the Khalkidiki area of northern Greece. In Athens about 1,000 people marched to the El Dorado Gold company offices and in Salonica over 5,000 marched from the city centre to the local ERT building in recognition of a common fight against the government.

A court in Athens last Friday declared the strike against mass sackings by the administrative workers of Athens University and of Athens Polytechnic ‘illegal’ on a technicality. But administrative workers voted in their general union meetings to continue their strike for the 10th consecutive week.

Greek police storm ERT broadcasting centre to end workers’ occupation: here.

Britain: ‘NO CUTS to Cleaners Pay! Our cleaners deserve a living wage, not poverty pay!’ demanded angry cleaners at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London(CoNEL) as they demonstrated last Friday against a 23% pay cut: here.

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17 thoughts on “Greek media workers, cleaners keep fighting

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    On November 7, workers at the Radio Television Valenciana (RTVV) public broadcaster in Spain’s Valencia region protested on air and outside its headquarters against plans by the local governments to close it.

    Several hundred workers and supporters gathered outside RRTV headquarters in the city, Spain’s third largest. Speaking to Press TV, an RRTV employee said, “We are very sad and very concerned. If the public television closes, it would be the loss of an essential public service”. He continued, “We have the firm intention to continue our jobs, working as always with professionalism and responsibility, so that the government of Valencia reconsiders its decision to close this public television.”

    As part of spending cuts, the regional government is to close the station completely after a court rejected its original plans to lay off 1,000 of the 1,700 workers. The decision was taken by Alberto Fabra, the president of Valencia and a member of Spain’s governing People’s Party.

    Greek public-sector strike against job losses

    Greek public-sector workers struck on Thursday to protest planned massive job losses of the New Democracy/PASOK government under the “mobility scheme”.

    The workers, members of the ADEDY trade union federation, struck from 12 noon and held a rally in Athens at 1 p.m. They were set to return to work on Friday.

    Some 12,500 civil servants are being put into a “mobility scheme” of forced transfers or dismissals, with another 4,000 workers to be fired by the end of the year.


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