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100 YEARS KKE – A century of struggles and sacrifices
| January 19, 2018 | 8:10 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Greece | No comments

Friday, January 19, 2018

100 YEARS KKE – A century of struggles and sacrifices

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The text below is a translated version of the first chapter of the Declaration of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece for the Party’s 100th anniversary. The Declaration was published and circulated with the weekend edition of “Rizospastis” on 13-14th January 2018.
 
This year the KKE completes a century of struggles and sacrifices, remaining the only actually new Party of the Greek society, because it is the only one that struggles for the abolition of the exploitation of man by man. It was founded in a period when the flame of the October Socialist Revolution in 1917 gave a boost to the revolutionary labor movement internationally as well as in Greece.
With the foundation of the KKE, the working class acquired for the first time her own party in our country. From the first day of its foundation, the KKE firmly struggles for the only progressive future for humanity, so that the working class and the popular strata will be saved from the torments of exploitation, oppression, poverty, unemployment, state violence and repression, wars.
It fights for the abolition of any mode of exploitation and repression, for a new organisation of society, with social ownership in the means of production, in the land, through the scientific central planning of economy, with the active participation of the workers in the organisation and direction of social production.
It fights for socialism-communism, the only society which can ensure job for everyone, according to each one’s specialization, with actual free time and enjoying high quality, free of charge social services of Health and Education, Sports, cultural activity, housing, vacation and high living standards in general, responsible participation to the organs of management and control in the whole climax of the workers’ state.
The KKE hold high the flag of socialism-communism, even when the counterrevolutionary overthrow in the Soviet Union and the other countries of socialist construction was at her peak. The KKE had collectively conquered the needed class criterion and finally clashed with anticommunism, the domestic and internationalism opportunism which was projecting “perestroika”, the vehicle of counterrevolution, as progress and socialist renewal.
The KKE came into collision with the bourgeois and opportunist apologists of the capitalist system who were supporting that the “end of history”, the end of class struggle, had come. It highlighted that nobody can stop the course of revolutionary class struggle in historical evolution towards socialism-communism.
It highlighted that socialism, the immature level of communism remains necessary, realistic, hopeful. It illuminated that socialism’s necessity doesn’t depend on each time’s correlation of class struggle in a country or internationally, a factor which is undoubtedly crucial about when a socialist revolution can be erupted, under what conditions it can win in a country or group of countries.
KKE projected that the working class, which creates the social product, is the only social force that can organise economy and society, having as a motive the satisfaction of the more and more increasing social needs. It is the class which can correctly estimate and ensure the interests of the popular strata of the city and rural areas.
The KKE, strongly believing in the right and the capability of the working class to know and change the world, fights from the very first time of its foundation so that it (working class) will be prepared through the daily class struggles as a leading force of socialist construction. It asserts and fights for the development of the scientific knowledge of the workers, for their physical and intellectual abilities, for their cultural development and cultivation of their esthetic criterion. It underlines and contributes so that the working class can utilize and use the book, new technologies, the internet.
The KKE highlighted and highlights the decay of capitalism, the relative stagnation and crisis in relation to the progress that can be made if capitalist ownership and the motive of profit are abolished.
Above all, with its positions and activity, the KKE illuminated that the only way that leads to social liberation is the way of socialist revolution, of the planned and organised revolt and attack of the working class and her social allies for the overthrow of the capitalist class’ power.
The KKE is fighting on a daily basis for the development of the objective factor (labor movement, alliance with popular strata of the middle class), so that it will be ready, in circumstances of capitalist power’s shaking, to correspond to its duty as a driving force of the victorious socialist revolution. It gives the fight daily in order to justify its pioneering role as a visionary, but also as an organiser of the struggle for the ultimate revolutionary overthrow of capitalist barbarity, for the construction of socialism-communism.
 
* The Declaration of the Central Committee for the 100 years of the KKE will be presented during a political and cultural event at the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, on Monday 23 January 2018, at 7.00 pm. 
Thousands of workers across Greece joined PAME demonstrations against the government’s new bill
| January 15, 2018 | 10:06 pm | Greece, PAME | No comments

Monday, January 15, 2018

Thousands of workers across Greece joined PAME demonstrations against the government’s new bill

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A powerful message to the coalition government of SYRIZA-ANEL as well as to the employers was sent by thousands of workers, students, pensioners and unemployed people who joined the demonstrations organised by the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) across Greece. 
 
In Athens and other Greek cities numerous rallies took place against the new antiworkers’ governmental bill which was passed today by a majority of deputies at the Parliament. The bill includes an amendment which aims to abolish the sacred right of the working people to strike.
In Athens and Thessaloniki thousands of protesters marched in the streets shouting “Hands off the right of strike”, condemning also the sellout pro-governmental trade-unionism of GSEE and ADEDY which continuously undermine the labor movement’s rights.
 
Below you can see photos from the demonstrations as they were published in 902 portal
 
In Thessaloniki:
 
 
 
Yes Man: Eurogroup’s Dijsselbloem admits that “with Tsipras almost everything has been easier”
| January 15, 2018 | 10:03 pm | Greece, Syriza | No comments

Monday, January 15, 2018

Yes Man: Eurogroup’s Dijsselbloem admits that “with Tsipras almost everything has been easier”

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“Feel like home”. PM Tsipras welcomes Jeroen Dijssebloem.
The outgoing Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem admitted something that everybody knew: The fact that the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government of Alexis Tsipras was easily submitted to the demands of the creditors thus doing the “dirty job” on behalf of the capital by imposing new harsh antipeople-antiworkers’ measures.
In an interview with the “Financial Times” on Friday, the former Dutch finance minister talked about the shambolic negotiations with the Tsipras government in the first half of 2016, as well as his tenuous relations with Yanis Varoufakis, then Greece’s finance minister, generated immediate reverberations in Athens.

“Prime Minister (Alexis) Tsipras and, of course, (current Greek finance minister) Euclid Tsakalotos, have completely changed the relationship with the European partners. Almost everything has been easier since … it’s a completely different situation,” he was quoted by FT as saying.

Hands Off the Right of Strike: Militant demonstrations across Greece against Government, EU and Capitalists
| January 12, 2018 | 7:17 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Greece, PAME, Syriza | No comments

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hands Off the Right of Strike: Militant demonstrations across Greece against Government, EU and Capitalists

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2018/01/hands-off-right-of-strike-militant.html
Militant strike demonstrations took place earlier on Friday in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities in Greece, as thousands of workers gave a decisive response against the antipeople-antiworkers’ plans of the government, the EU and the big capital.
In Athens, the demonstrators gathered at Omonoia square and marched through the center’s major streets. The KKE General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas attended the rally, while the demonstrators announced a resolution regarding the prosecution of the palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi by the Israeli authorities.
The All-Workers Militant Front (PAME), which leads powerful class-oriented trade unionist activities against the new bill submitted in the Parliament by the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government, commented:
PAME welcomes the workers who went on strike across Greece and defied employers’ intimidations and pressures in the workplaces. The workers who overcame the undermining of the strike by the unions controlled by the employers and the government. The workers who massively participated in the strike rallies Regional Trade Union Centers, National Federations and Industrial Unions, against the new antiworkers’ measures of the SYRIZA-ANEL Government that were submitted to Parliament today.
With today’s strike, a clear message was sent that we will not Surrender our trade union rights and freedoms and the right to strike to the employers and their state.
PAME’s big strike demonstrations across Greece were the continuation of the militant actions of the last period. They were massive and militant mobilizations against the antiworkers’ government, which along with the other bourgeois political parties have voted the memorandums, against the dirty role of their forces in the trade union movement. That’s why they attacked with lies against PAME, against the class-oriented movement.
Anti-workers measures are prerequisites for the growth of their profits and needs, for the capitalist development. That is why the capitalists directed the measures to be brought by the government as “long-term demands of the business community”, demanding them to vote in favour of the bill. Together with them are their people in the trade union movement, the right hand of the bosses. GSEE-ADEDY-members of the ETUC in Greece – fought furiously against the proposals for strike, they made every effort in order to pass the bill in silence without any resistance. Today, they did no tstrike and went to work.
We continue our fight! We will not stop!
On Monday 15/1 day of voting in the Parliament, PAME calls workers, unemployed, retired, youth in big Demonstration.
KKE: “Syriza and New Democracy compete with each other on who is the best executioner of the workers’ rights”
| January 11, 2018 | 7:24 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Greece, Labor, Syriza | No comments

Thursday, January 11, 2018

KKE: “Syriza and New Democracy compete with each other on who is the best executioner of the workers’ rights”

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2018/01/kke-syriza-and-new-democracy-compete.html
“The New Democracy party, apparently being perplexed as long as the SYRIZA-ANEL government has taken its job, bids in anti-worker proposals and competes with SYRIZA on who is the best executioner of the workers’ rights” writes, among other things, a recent statement of the Press Office of the CC of the KKE
 
Earlier, in a statement, the centre-right opposition party of New Democracy (ND) had expressed disagrements with some of the provisions of the new antiworkers’ bill forwarded by the government. However, ND agrees on the new law’s amendment which actually tries to abolish the right of the workers to strike. 
It must be noted that according to the new governmental bill, in order for a grass-root trade-union to declare a strike, 50% of the enrolled members should agree with it. Furthermore, it is a measure that the government intends to approve under the pretext of “democracy”, when at the same time in the workplaces the terrorism of the bosses rules supreme, the danger of layoffs for participating in a demonstration is imminent, especially in conditions where unemployment looms reaching particularly high rates.
 
“We are witnessing a competition between SYRIZA and ND on who can better implement a policy which is against the biggest achievement of the working class, the right to strike, to struggle, to claim her rights” said Giannis Giokas, KKE MP and member of the Party’s Central Committee, during a radio interview. 
 
PM Alexis Tsipras with opposition
leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Giokas also underlined that, in fact, the amendment prohibits the workers’ right to strike at primary union level where employers’ terrorism has created a condition of labour jungle. 
 
Talking during a live TV program, the KKE politburo member Nikos Sofianos underlined that “this government does the dirty job that even New Democracy couldn’t dare to do” and added: “On Monday night, SYRIZA, ND and other parties will vote together the bill which abolishes the right to strike”. 
 
Calling the people to participate in the strike of January 12th, as well as in other militant activities against the new laws, Sofianos said that “the government sows the wind and will reap the whirlwind, as far as it carries out a series of ‘contracts’, putting the people against the wall in collaboration with the EU and the industrialists”. 
 
“Hands Off the Right of Strike”: PAME unionists and workers stormed the Ministry of Labour in Athens
| January 9, 2018 | 9:04 pm | Greece, Labor, PAME | No comments

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

“Hands Off the Right of Strike”: PAME unionists and workers stormed the Ministry of Labour in Athens

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2018/01/hands-off-right-of-strike-pame.html
A strong message to the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government was sent by trade unionists and workers who broke into the Ministry of Labour, after a request to meet with officials was turned down. 
 
The mobilization of numerous labour and workers’ unions and associations began at Omonoia square in downtown Athens on Tuesday morning and ended at the Ministry of Labour where members of PAME unfolded a huge banner with the slogan “Government-big capital-EU, pay attention: Get your dirty hands off the strike. It is a workers’ right”. 
When the demonstration arrived at the Labour Ministry, the representatives of the workers asked for a meeting with the Minister Effie Achtsioglou. The Ministry declined to answer and the workers opened the metal shutters of the building in, racing up to the eighth floor of the building. 
 
Keeping a defiant stance, Minister Effie Achtsioglou (left)
argues with trade unionists and workers in her office.
Representatives of PAME and other trade unions confronted Minister Achtsioglou and other officials, demanding the immediate withdrawal of the new ombibus bill which includes amendment that restricts significantly the right of strike. 
 
The workers said that the right of strike has been a very important conquest of the working class which was achieved through difficult and continuous struggles. 
 
Minister Achtsioglou kept an unacceptably defiant stance responding with a plain “no” to the demands of the trade unionists and denied to respond to a series of issues set by PAME members. 
 
“We will not let them to do it” said the President of the Pensioner’s Federation Dimos Koumpouris and added: “We will continue our struggle in every way”. 
 
The All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) have called workers, youth, pensioners, the unemployed, farmers, the self-employed, all the people to massive, militant action in response to the new antipeople-antiworkers measures of the government. A strike has been scheduled for Friday 12 January. 
 
 

Greek workers on the streets: Action and strike on January 12th against the new antipeople measures
| January 8, 2018 | 9:02 pm | Greece, PAME, Syria | No comments

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Greek workers on the streets: Action and strike on January 12th against the new antipeople measures

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The All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) calls workers, youth, pensioners, the unemployed, farmers, the self-employed, all the people to massive, militant action. The government brings a new series of anti-workers measures. They must receive a dynamic response.

The SYRIZA-ANEL Government are imposing the demands of big capital, bringing a new round of measures of “fiscal adjustment” and of suppression of workers’-people’s struggles, with number one goal to ban our right to strike, and also to expand auctioning off of workers houses, so as to protect the profitability of business groups.
Tomorrow we walk the streets of struggle. We take part in the militant initiatives of the Trade Unions, Federations, Regional Trade Union Centers and other associations of the movement, till the day they bring the new measures to be voted in the parliament.
PAME also calls the trade unions to support the call of the National Workers’ Federations and Regional Trade Union Centers for National General Strike and to increase participation decisions for Friday, January 12th, the day when the new measures will be brought in the Parliament.
Program of Actions
Tuesday 9/1
In the afternoon PAME will organize rallies in Athens and other cities.
All day to be day of mass campaign to inform the workers in the factories, the industries, the offices, every workplace.
Wednesday 10/1
Continue the mass campaign to inform the workers and hold meetings and general assemblies in the work places.
In the afternoon massive protest demonstration at the Courts, which forward the auctions of people’s homes.
Thursday, 11/1
Day of preparation for the Strike. We use every way for the call of the strike to reach every worker, in every workplace.
“Hands off Strike: It is a workers’
right”. Banner by PAME.

FRIDAY 12/1 IS DAY OF STRIKE

We call all workers to take part in the Strike decided by the workers’ National Federations, Regional Trade Union Centers and Trade Unions. 12:00 noon at Omonoia Square in Athens and at the Venizelos’ statue in Thessaloniki.
Saturday and Sunday 13-14/1
The Unions to organize massive campaign of information of the workers in the neighborhoods and the workplace
Monday 15/1
On Monday 15/1 day that the measures will be voted in the Parliament, PAME calls workers, unemployed, retired, youth in a big rally demonstration in Athens at 6:00 pm.