From daily News Line in Beritain:
Thursday, 5 June
2014 RIOT POLICE ATTACK SACKED GREEK CLEANERS
Riot police used their shields along with punches and kicks to push away the women cleaners and their supporters, sacked school guards.
The cleaners put up a tremendous resistance and forced the riot squad to retreat, a great victory for their eight-month-old struggle to win their jobs back.
It is a huge set-back for the Greek government who do not have the political power to disperse the women cleaners who have set up their camp outside the ministry building for nearly a month now.
Two cleaners punched and kicked by riot police were injured and treated in hospital. Amalia Oikonomou, one of the women cleaners employed by the Finance Ministry until last September, spoke to News Line just after the riot police attack and said that ‘we will never go away until we win’.
She said that cleaners were ‘united and determined’ and aware of the importance of their fight. ‘It is not just us,’ she said. ‘If we win, it will be a victory for all workers, for all those sacked by this hated government.’
Two weeks ago an Athens court vindicated the women cleaners and ordered the Finance Ministry to take them back to work immediately. But the Finance Ministry has refused and has appealed to the Greek High Court. The case is to be heard next week on 10th June.
In a statement, the cleaners state: ‘They will not terrorise our struggle. The barbaric police attack, just because we demand the implementation of the Court’s decision, will not hinder us and we will carry on our struggle even more dynamic and determined. But our fight demands the continuous solidarity and participation of all.’
Cleaners are calling a series of mobilisations this week, including a mass Athens demonstration today, Thursday 5 June.