British trade unionists react to Greek referendum victory


This video from Greece says about itself:

Syntagma Square, July 5th 2015

Supporters of the Oxi/No vote celebrate a double-digit win over Yes supporters.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Greece: Unions welcome vote result

Tuesday 7th July 2014

Bob Monks – United Road Transport Union general secretary

The Greek people have had the courage, yet again, to stand up to the pro-austerity governments of Europe by voting No in Sunday’s referendum.

URTU [congratulates] Syriza and the people of Greece in their continued fight for a fair and just solution for all those who have suffered at the hands of the bankers and pro-austerity EU elite for too long.

Mark SerwotkaPCS general secretary

As the former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said, Syriza has “reintroduced the concept of democracy to Europe” by trusting the Greek people with the decision on their future, instead of leaving it in the hands of bankers and politicians in Brussels.

Europe must respect this overwhelming and inspiring vote against deeper austerity and we send our solidarity to the Greek people.

Mick CashRMT general secretary

The Greek people have seen their jobs, services and standards of living throttled by the troika and the neoliberal, pro-austerity ethos which is at the very core of the euro project. We share their anger and salute their courage.

The idea that the EU is in any way pro-worker and pro-public services is a myth which needs to be exposed and challenged by the entire trade union movement.

10 thoughts on “British trade unionists react to Greek referendum victory

  1. Ex-finance minister will ‘wear creditors’ loathing with pride’

    VENGEFUL eurogroup ministers forced Greece’s finance minister to resign yesterday after voters said No to austerity and yes to democracy.

    In a blog yesterday Yanis Varoufakis said that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had come under pressure from the group of eurozone foreign ministers to ditch him in favour of a more “moderate” and “sensible” replacement.

    Voters defied pollsters’ predictions of a close call on Sunday to vote 61 per cent “Oxi” (No) to the latest EU troika demands for swingeing austerity cuts in return for a banking bailout. Thousands gathered in the streets to celebrate the result.

    Mr Varoufakis, who had threatened to resign in the event of a Yes vote, hailed the plebiscite as “a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.”

    But he said: “Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners,’ for my … ‘absence’ from its meetings. An idea that the prime minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.”

    The former minister vowed to continue to help his government resist EU-imposed austerity, saying: “I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum.

    “And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.” Skai TV in Greece reported yesterday afternoon that Euclid Tsakalotos had been appointed as Mr Varoufakis’s successor.

    Standard Chartered bank policy expert Demetrios Efstathiou said Mr Tsakalotos “is one of the most sensible/moderate figures in Syriza and his appointment, if confirmed, would increase the chances for a sensible negotiation and a positive outcome.”

    After ousting Mr Tsipras’s top negotiator, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said the onus was now on Greece to bring new proposals.

    Eurogroup president and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who has led the demands for further economy-crippling cuts, said Sunday’s result was “very regrettable for the future of Greece.”

    “For recovery of the Greek economy, difficult measures and reforms are inevitable,” he said. “We will now wait for the initiatives of the Greek authorities.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e196-Greek-Crisis-Varoufakis-pushed-out-by-Euro-suits#.VZufVkaw51Q

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  2. International Transport Workers’ Federation General Secretary Steve Cotton, who had just returned from meeting Greek affiliates, said that workers and pensioners were deeply concerned about their future, especially as they had already paid the price of “an irresponsible economic monetary system.

    “The referendum vote makes clear that they decisively reject the dead end of austerity,” he said

    The Congress of South African Trade Unions saluted “the overwhelming victory of the workers and people of Greece over austerity and imposition of neo-liberalism in a democratic referendum.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7880-Greek-Crisis-Messages-of-support-flood-in-for-No-result#.VZuf3kaw51Q

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