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“Message for the struggle’s escalation” – Militant strike mobilization in Greece against antiworkers policies

Thursday, December 14, 2017

“Message for the struggle’s escalation” – Militant strike mobilization in Greece against antiworkers policies

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/12/message-for-struggles-escalation.html
A message for the escalation of struggle against the antipeople-antiworkers policies of the SYRIZA coalition government was today’s militant strike mobilizations across Greece.
In Athens, the organised by the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME), demonstration began at Omonoia Square and through the city center passed towards the U.S. embassy, as a symbolic action against the recent Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.
The Secretary General of the Communist Party of Greece, Dimitris Koutsoumbas, attended the Athens demonstration.
From very early in the morning, thousands of workers began the organization of the strike by guarding labor places against strikebreaking mechanisms. In the northern city of Ioannina, following orders of a super market chain’s employer, security guards attacked strikers.
Except from Athens, militant rallies were held in Greece’s major cities, including Thessaloniki, Patras, Kavala, Kozani and elsewhere. Below you can see photos from today’s mobilization in Athens, as they were published at 902.gr portal.
Tsipras and Erdogan, both enemies of the working class in Greece and Turkey

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tsipras and Erdogan, both enemies of the working class in Greece and Turkey

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/12/tsipras-and-erdogan-both-enemies-of.html
By Nikos Mottas.
The visit of the Turkish President Erdogan in Greece has concluded. A lot of things were said in front of cameras and, certainly, even more behind closed doors. We could write about several conclusions regarding the undisputable upgrade of Ankara’s assertions against Greece’s sovereign rights, the unacceptable demand for the revision of the Treaty of Lausanne, the pretexts of President Erdogan regarding minorities, etc.
However, if we would like to summarize the very essense of Erdogan’s visit, we must briefly- and clearly- point out the following:
  • Both President Erdogan, as well as the Greek leadership, repeated in their public statements the (trite) wishes about “good neighborly relations”, “mutual respect”, “friendship” and “peace” between the two countries. All these are empty words, taking into account that within the framework of imperialism, within the framework of the NATO alliance – members of which are both countries – actual friendship and peace cannot exist. This is a given and multiple times proven in the passage of history truth. Therefore, with these words, Tsipras and Erdogan do not deceive each other, but they deceive together the Greek and Turkish people.
  • Erdogan’s visit took place in a period when both his government and the coalition government of SYRIZA-ANEL, are facing a series of internal problems. From its side, the AKP government faces serious social and political issues (e.g. Zarrab case, social polarization, inflation increase, devaluation of the Turkish lira, etc) and has every reason to try to disorient the popular masses from the actual problems. The- albeit temporary- change of the political agenda is also beneficial for the SYRIZA-ANEL government which, in the name of the “3rd evaluation”, crushes working-people’s rights.
  • The confrontation regarding the Treaty of Lausanne has overshadowed a very significant aspect of the meeting. This aspect has to do with the economic agreements and business deals between sections of the Greek and Turkish capital. Mr. Erdogan came to Greece as the representative of the strongest part of the Turkish bourgeois class, whose interests he wishes to promote. It is certain that the working people on both sides of the Aegean have nothing to gain from the business between Greek and Turkish capitalists. On the contrary, both governments in Athens and Ankara are moving towards an increasingly antipeople-reactionary way, enhancing, in one way or another, the exploitation of the working masses and the crush of labor rights.
  • Both Tsipras and Erdogan are consciously lying and deceiving their people when they talk about supposed solutions to a series of issues (Cyprus, Aegean, Refugee waves, etc) within the framework of NATO and the EU. It has been proved, in the most explicit way, that these imperialist organisations do not consist part of whatever kind of solution but, on the contrary, they are integral part of the problem. It is therefore clear that within the Euroatlantic framework no issue can be solved for the benefit of the people, taking into account that these matters are inseparably linked to powerful inter-imperialist competitions, totally foreign to peoples’ interests.
Given the above and on the background of the Greek government’s dithyrambs about Erdogan’s “historic visit”, we bring in our minds the words of the great communist poet Nazim Hikmet who, in August 1952, in a letter addressed to his “Greek brothers”, were talking about “Two Turkeys and two Greeces”. The real and the fake. The independent and the slavish one.
Today, there is the Turkey of Erdogan, AKP and the kemalist bourgeois opposition, but also the Turkey of the working people who are facing persecutions, repression and capitalist barbarity. Likewise, there is the Greece of Tsipras, Mitsotakis and the bourgeois parties, but also the Greece of the working-people’s movement which resists to the strategy of the capital.
Today, there is the Turkey of a handful of monopolies- modern sultans- which are exploiting the wealth produced by the Turkish people, as well as the Turkey of the poor neighborhoods of Istanbul, of the labor unions, of the Turkish communists who struggle in very adverse conditions. On the other side of the Aegean, there the Greece of the wealthy large industrialists and shipowners, as well as the Greece of the workers, of the strikers, of the poor strata.
The actual meaning of the Greek-Turkish friendship will never be expressed by any Tsipras or Erdogan. This meaning was expressed, in a unique way, by the great Nazim Hikmet: “The people of Turkey and Greece give a totally different meaning to the Greek-Turkish friendship. For them, the friendship means a common struggle for the freedom of their homeland. For national independence, for the happiness, in order to be able to taste side by side in the fraternal table of friendship, the bread and the olives of their own country.”
 
Originally published in Greek in atexnos.gr.
 
* Nikos Mottas, a Phd student, is the editor-in-chief of In Defense of Communism
Statement by the KKE on the visit of Turkish President Erdogan in Greece: “People in both countries must be vigilant”
| December 8, 2017 | 8:27 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Greece, Syriza, Turkey | No comments

Friday, December 8, 2017

Statement by the KKE on the visit of Turkish President Erdogan in Greece: “People in both countries must be vigilant”

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/12/statement-by-kke-on-visit-of-turkish.html
On the occasion of the official visit of the President of Turkey Rejep Tayyip Erdogan in Greece (7-8 December), the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece issued the following statement:
 
“The visit of the President of Turkey T.Erdogan in our country did not confirm whatsoever the environment that the SYRIZA-ANEL government was uncourteously cultivating during the previous days by naming the visit as “historical”. After all, it wouldn’t be different, when only within 2017 the violations of the Greek airspace and maritime waters are thousands, while just before his visit, during an interview, the President of Turkey restored all the new provocations and assertions against the country, with the peak being the demand for the revise of the Treaty of Lausanne. 
Moreover, the Erdogan visit gave the opportunity to the Turkish leadership, which occupies the 40% of Cyprus and has now invided in Syrian territories, to set the total framework of the Turkish demands, through the revision of the Lausanne Treaty, to project its persistence on the “grey zones” in the Aegean, to intervene in Thrace thus seeking the utilization of the muslim minority- which is comprised by Greek citizens- for the benefit of the interests of the Turkish bourgeoisie also according to the practice it follows in other regions of the Balkans and the Middle East.
 
Practically, the visit prepared by the SYRIZA-ANEL government upgraded Turkey’s assertions against the sovereign rights of our country and this poignant result cannot “washed out” by the promotion of economic agreements between parts of the Greek and Turkish capital from which the people have nothing to win. 
 
The KKE estimations are confirmed and once again it is proved that the integration and connection of the two countries in the imperialist organisations of NATO and the EU do not help peace and security for the people. The government, as well as the other bourgeois parties that support the Euroatlantic and capitalist “one-way” route of the country bear responsibility because they misdirect the people that, within round-tables and businesses, the problems will be solved for the benefit of the people. 
 
Our people must not be content with the fairy tales that SYRIZA and the other bourgeois parties are saying that supposedly through diplomatic manipulations- either through “zeibekiko” dances, “best man” relations* or through the development of various business plans- will overcome problems that are connected to deeper causes and powerrful competitive interests. 
 
The working people, the people in both countries, must be vigilant, because the imperialist war, which is waged for the profits of monopoly groups, is, like economic crises, nextricably bound up with this barbaric capitalist system.
 
The struggle of the people needs to be strengthened in both sides of the Aegean, in order to counterfight nationalism, every intent for border change, every change of international treaties that leads to the bloodshed of the people. The struggle must be strengthened, so that the conditions will be created to end, once and for all, the causes that create war”.
Source: 902.gr / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
 
* Note by IDC: In June 2001, the then Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou had performed a zeibekiko dance, in front of his clapping Turkish counterpart Ismael Cem, on the sidelines of a meeting. A few years later, Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis attended the wedding of the son of the then Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, being one of the groom’s “best man”. 
General Strike on December 14th in Greece – Workers to give a powerful response to SYRIZA government
| December 7, 2017 | 8:19 pm | Announcements, Greece, PAME, Syriza | No comments

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

General Strike on December 14th in Greece – Workers to give a powerful response to SYRIZA government

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/12/general-strike-on-december-14th-in.html
Last week in Greece, the working class witnessed a series of incidents that showed a strong escalation of state oppression and employers’ intimidations against workers
The workers of supermarkets in Ioannina, the students and the workers of the Universities, outside the Ministry of Education, but also the protesters in the courts against the banks auctioning off peoples’ homes, were not the first to suffer persecutions, arrests, violent repression and tear gas.
The over 18 months unpaid workers of the super markets of Ioannina who struggle for their right to work and their salaries, the students who in the year 2017 literally demand a decent meal and the workers who protect their homes, were within a few hours targeted by the SYRIZA-ANEL government.
Intimidation in the workplace with threats, blackmails, repression and arrests, the planned attack against the right to go on strike and trade union action, as well as the public prosecution of the anti-auction mobilizations, are key aspects of the doctrine of “law and order” and are an indispensable ingredient to the so-called “fair development” that the government is promoting to support the business groups with money and privileges.
PAME, the class trade union movement does not fear the threats and repression. We strengthen the resistance in every industry and workplace, we unite them in a general confrontation with the employers and the government, with the exploitation system that crashes our lives. Only the power of the organization, of the struggle against the escalating anti-workers policy can create obstacles to the attack of the business groups and the government of SYRIZA-ANEL, to the escalation of the state violence and employers’ intimidations.
Our response must be given with the massive participation of the working people in the national general strike on December 14th.
KKE sends powerful message to Tsipras’ government: “The right to strike is non-negotiable, don’t dare to touch it!”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

KKE sends powerful message to Tsipras’ government: “The right to strike is non-negotiable, don’t dare to touch it!”

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/12/kke-sends-powerful-message-to-tsipras.html
Regarding the SYRIZA-ANEL government’s amendment about the right to strike- which provoked the militant response of Trade Unions and workers – the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece issued the following statement:
 
“The SYRIZA-ANEL government broke any record of political impudence and nastiness, bringing, like a thief in the Parliament – and within an irrelevant law proposal in order to vote it quickly- an amendment in order to begin the rupture of the working class’ biggest conquest, which is the right to strike. 
It is a ruthless government, which has no inhibition in order to serve the interests of the capital, a solid pursuit of which is to hit the right of strike, so that “cemetery silence” will prevail in labor places. For that reason, the government receives the congratulations of her “partners” in the EU, for that reason it quickly finishes the antiworker-antipeople “evaluations”. The right to strike, which was conquered with blood and sacrifices, is non-negotiable and whoever dares to touch it will face the working people and the class movement.
 
The KKE calls the working people to strengthen their struggle, to be from tomorrow and everyday out in the streets, to thicken the strike mobilizations during the next days, with the peak being the nationwide strike of December 14th. 
Source: 902.gr / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
SYRIZA government withdraws anti-strike amendment after Trade Unions’ militant reaction
| December 7, 2017 | 8:10 pm | Analysis, class struggle, Greece, Labor, PAME, Syriza | No comments

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

SYRIZA government withdraws anti-strike amendment after Trade Unions’ militant reaction

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/12/syriza-government-withdraws-anti-strike.html
Workers-Trade Unionists invade the Ministry
of Labour in Athens.
The SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government was forced after militant mobilization by PAME and Trade Unions to withdraw a shameful amendment on workers’ strike and other labour issues only hours after they were tabled in parliament. Earlier today (Tuesday), demonstrators supported by the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) invaded the Ministry of Labor in central Athens, as an act of protest against the antiworker-antipeople measures of the government.
The government’s amendment proposes that for a union to go on strike, at least 50% plus one of active union members must agree. In fact, this measure is a step towards the restriction of the workers’ right to strike and consists an escalation of the government-EU’s attack against the labour movement.
Mass mobilization by PAME and Trade Unions in downtown Athens against the antiworker-
antipeople policies of the SYRIZA-ANEL government.
Workers gathered outside the Ministry of Labour, Athens.
Once again, the “left” government of Alexis Tsipras has proved how ruthless it is when it comes to the satisfaction of the needs of the creditors and the capital. From its side, the KKE, from the very first time, declared “hands down from the right to strike”, thus calling the working people to intensify their struggle against the governmental measures and organise their counterattack with the nationwide strike on December 14th.
Biggest Greek unions call general strike as bailout talks resume
| November 28, 2017 | 8:08 pm | Greece | No comments

https://www.rt.com/newsline/411204-greece-unions-strike-bailout/

Biggest Greek unions call general strike as bailout talks resume

Greece’s biggest labor unions have called a new general strike next month over bailout-linked austerity policies, as the government begins new talks with international creditors. The ADEDY civil servants’ union called the December 14 strike, in which private sector unions will participate, to protest against pension and salary cuts, AP reports. They will also demand pay rises and public sector hiring. The bailout program is set to end in August 2018, after which Greece must finance itself by selling government bonds. Tuesday’s talks in Athens with bailout creditors focused on energy market reforms.