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.
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.
- Greek government’s attack on media freedom (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Greek police arrests media workers (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Greek riot police evict last ERT staff (theguardian.com)
- International journalists condemn Greek government’s anti-media workers violence (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Riot Police Raid Greek Public Broadcaster’s HQ in Athens to Evict ERT Protesters (greece.greekreporter.com)
- Athens: riot police raid ERT broadcaster at 4 am – Journos detained (keeptalkinggreece.com)
- Greek workers disrupt Troika visit but police attack ERT occupation (socialistworker.co.uk)
- 40th anniversary of Polytechnic uprising creates focal point for modern resistance in Greece (thehampolice.wordpress.com)