Category: PAME
Thousands of workers raised their voice against Tsipras government’s anti-people policies

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thousands of workers raised their voice against Tsipras government’s anti-people policies

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/09/thousands-of-workers-raised-their-voice.html
Thousands of working people, farmers, unemployed, pensioners and students participated in the large demonstration organised by the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) which took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Saturday evening. The rally was held on the occasion of the inauguration, by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, of the city’s International Trade Fair. 
 
Representatives of Trade Unions and labor organisations delivered short greeting messages, while the major speech was given by the member of the executive committee of PAME and General Secretary of the Thessaloniki Labour Center Leonidas Stoltidis. 
 
The General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece, Dimitris Koutsoumbas, attended the rally and made the following statement to the Press:
“The Greek people have been filled with fake promises, by the big words, by the mockery about the development which “will come”. Nevertheless, development for Greek people means increase in the wages and pensions, increases in social benefits, means annulment of the ENFIA tax and the tax-related antipeople measures, means jobs for everyone, cancellation of the memorandums and all the anti-people, anti-worker measures which brought these memorandums.
 
This way, this way out for the development for the benefit of our people is what the KKE is proposing. This rally of PAME, of the other class trade unions, of the poor farmers and the self-employed people, of youth, women and people’s families, here in Thessaloniki, like every year, is only the beginning. New large militant mobilizations will come. 
 
The KKE will give all its powers towards this direction, so that the Greek people will be finally relieved after ten years of continuous economic crisis and barbaric memorandums”. (Source: 902.gr).
 
The demonstration was followed by a march in the central streets of Thessaloniki.
 
 
PAME: The anti-workers attack across Europe is unified, lasting and continuous
| September 10, 2017 | 8:24 pm | Greece, PAME, Syriza | No comments

Saturday, September 9, 2017

PAME: The anti-workers attack across Europe is unified, lasting and continuous

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/09/pame-anti-workers-attack-across-europe.html
On the occasion of the visit of French President Macron to Greece, PAME issued the following statement:
The “growth” of the profits of business groups, the competitiveness of capital requires the attack on workers’ rights and gains. 
Therefore, irrespective of the country and the political label of each government, European Union and the political parties of the capital promote anti-workers’ reforms that target to reduce wages, pensions etc., and at the same time to put obstacles (if not to totally ban) in the Collective Action and Demands of Workers, in the trade union rights and freedoms of the working class.
Either with memorandums or without, the antiworkers’ attack across Europe is unified, lasting and continuous.
At the time when the SYRIZA government of Greece repeats the fairy tail of the “Fair Growth”, utilizing the visit of French President Macron, it is important to look at some indicative measures that are promoted in France, against which the working class of France goes on strike on September 12.
  • In the name of facing unemployment, the government of Macron promotes the reduction of compensations in dismissals.
  • Servicesare being reformed to the most reactionary for the workers, e.g. reduction of the time limits for the workers’ appeals against the employers, as well as which dismissals will be classified as “fair” or “unfair”.
  • At the same time, the reforms give companies more power to adjust working hours and wages to market conditions on the basis of agreements between employers and workers which are validated by a simple majority.
  • As it happens also in Greece, it is paved the way for further undermining of Collective Agreements through the essential abolition of Collective Bargaining in businesses which employ up to 50 employees. In these enterprises the employers will create “workers’ associations” to sign contracts “freely”, without the workers’ trade unions to be involved. This is the continuation of previous antiworkers’ reform which already allowed business contracts to be signed with worse terms – for the workers- than the sectoral agreements.
All these antiworkers’ measures come after the announcement of the French government to reduce taxation for businesses from 33% to 25%.
We call the working class and its trade unions to prepare our response in workplaces and sectors against the antiworkers’ policy and the attack of the capital which is implemented unified by the governments of all colors across Europe.
We express our solidarity with the workers’ strike in France on September 12.
Workers-Labor Unions to demonstrate against SYRIZA government’s policies in Thessaloniki
| September 3, 2017 | 7:07 pm | Announcements, Greece, PAME, Syriza | No comments

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Workers-Labor Unions to demonstrate against SYRIZA government’s policies in Thessaloniki

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/09/workers-labor-unions-to-demonstrate.html
Poster of PAME propagandizing
the September 9th rally.
On the occasion of the 82st Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF), the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) issued an announcement calling the working class, small farmers, women and the youth to participate in mass demonstration against the antipeople policy of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government.
The demonstration in Thessaloniki will take place on Saturday, September 9th, the day of the International Fair’s inauguration by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Government-Industrialists-EU pave the ground for the next looting! No consensus to the continuation of the slaughter of our rights! No compromise with poverty and miserable life!” underlines the announcement of PAME and calls the working class to give a militant response to the antipeople policy of the coalition government.
“PAME addresses the workers of private and public sector, the self-employed people, the small farmers, women and young people, calling them to strengthen the struggles, for a militant response and counterattack!”. The statement of the All-Workers Militant Front unleashes an attack against the SYRIZA-ANEL government’s policy on all levels, including economy, social and foreign policy.
“We can change the situation. Tolerance and silence didn’t give us any benefits. We strengthen PAME. Put an end to the fake hopes about the development that “will come”. This, whenever it will come, will have us in poverty. As long as the economy is planned to serve the profits and not the satisfaction of the popular needs, the people won’t see any progress, no matter what government, center-left or center-right, leads the country”.
PM Tsipras (left) and opposition leader Mitsotakis
during their last year’s speeches at TIF.
Apart from the known promises about the supposed end of the financial crisis, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras aims to devote a section of his speech at TIF to outlining planned interventions for Thessaloniki and northern Greece. A key highlight of the speech, Tsipras aides hope, will be plans by French companies to invest in the Thessaloniki Port Authority (OLTH) as part of a privatization drive that Greece is under pressure from foreign creditors to accelerate.
From his side, the leader of the conservative New Democracy Party, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is expected to emphasize Tsipras’s inability to offer concrete relief and the many promises on which he has reneged since coming to power in 2015.
“Our co-workers are executed in cold blood”: PAME denounces new occupational murders in Greece
| August 14, 2017 | 8:11 pm | Greece, Labor, PAME | No comments

Thursday, August 10, 2017

“Our co-workers are executed in cold blood”: PAME denounces new occupational murders in Greece

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/08/our-co-workers-are-executed-in-cold.html

“Our co-workers are executed in cold blood” points out a recent statement issued by the Executive Secretariat of the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) in Greece, regarding the new occupational “accidents” in the country.
It must be noted that on August 1st, two workers were killed and two were severely injured during work inside a biological waste treatment shaft in the town of Skala, in Laconia, Peloponnese. A 51-year old worker was cleaning the shaft when he started having breathing problems and called for help. A 37-year old Greek rushed to his assistance and jumped in the pit but he also felt unwell. Two more men, a 66-year old and a 22-year old who jumped in the pit also suffered from respiratory problems. Furthermore, two firemen and one policeman who participated in the efforts to save the men were also treated for breathing problems.
Other recent victims of occupational murders include a 43-year old fishery worker in Magnisia, central Greece, as well a worker at the Corfu airport.
“The worker isn’t a number in statistics”, writes the PAME statement and continues: “These colleagues will not go back to their families. They can’t anymore dream and struggle for a better world and a decent life for their children”.
“Capital kills. It does not care about the life of the workers. Above all, it has one god, the profit. That is vefiried by the 6,515 occupational “accidents” that took place only in 2016, 73 of which were fatal”.
“It means that it is cheaper (for the employers) to have the workers killed, as long as they do not take the necessary measures for their safety”, stresses out the PAME statement and adds: “The occupational murders bear a political seal. They are premeditated. They are the antiworkers policies which sweep the labor rights, which increase exploitation in the working places, with endless 12-hours long labor in miserable conditions, without any measures of hygiene and security, with hunger wages, under the terrorism of the employer…”.
The statement of the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) strikes against the current SYRIZA government, as well as the previous ones: “All the New Democracy, PASOK governments, as well as the current SYRIZA-ANEL one, offered with their laws a free field for the activities of business interests, they offered free and flexible labor. They removed whatever “prevented” their profitability. They handed over (public) Health to the private capital and the working class is paying a very high price.”
PAME demands the legal punishment of the employer-contractor of the biological waste treatment shaft in Skala, as well as compensation to the families of the murdered and injured workers. Stating that “the life and health of the working people is more valuable”, PAME also presents a list of demands to the government and calls the working class people to invigorate their fight for their rights.
National Strike: Tourism workers in Greece raised their voice against modern slavery
| July 21, 2017 | 9:02 pm | Greece, Labor, PAME | No comments

Saturday, July 22, 2017

National Strike: Tourism workers in Greece raised their voice against modern slavery

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/national-strike-tourism-workers-in.html
With militant demonstrations and picket lines in front of big hotels, the class unions held successfully the National Strike of Workers in Tourism, on Thursday, July 20. The Tourism workers in many cities all over Greece and especially in tourist areas like Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and more, went on strike.
The main strike rally took place in Athens, where the picket lines and the workers of many big hotels met. The strike had great success in hotels like the Metropolitan, Athens Hilton, Νovotel and Royal Olympic. The strike rally took place in front of the Ministry of Labour, protesting against the anti-workers legislation, especially for the young workers, students and apprentices. The rally also stopped in front of the National Union of Tourism, the association of tourism enterprises, where the unions wrote in red paint “Here are those who drink the workers’ blood”, and demanded National Collective Agreement, imposed to all tourism enterprises and hotels.

Meanwhile, the class-collaborationist Unions…

The so called National Federation of Tourism Workers, (member of the leadership of the GSEE, the ETUC affiliate in Greece) called for participation in the strike in Tourism yesterday.
Of course, this union did nothing in order to prepare and support the strike. As GSEE, they have also accepted all the wage cuts and the antiworkers’ policies of the Governments, EU, IMF.
This led for their main rally in Athens yesterday, to have zero (0) participants. Not even the president of the union, bothered to appear. Below, is the photo of their rally. This is the true picture. NOT even ONE person participated.
After some time, they just took down the stage and left.
This is the reality about the forces of class collaboration, the ETUC. This is the condition they have created in the trade union movement. No action. No struggles. No connection with the workers.
Microsoft accumulates immense profits, starts layoff of thousands of employees worldwide

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Microsoft accumulates immense profits, starts layoff of thousands of employees worldwide

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/microsoft-accumulates-immense-profits.html
The multinational giant Microsoft– despite its immense profits- is laying off more than 3,000 employees, with the cuts falling largely on the company’s sales force. The vast majority of layoffs will hit employees located outside the United States, although some will also be in Redmond. Greek Telecommunication & IT Workers Unions has condemned the lay offs:
The Telecommunications & Information Technology Unions of Athens, Thessaloniki, Forthnet and 360 Connect (Vodafone) members of PAME (All-Workers Militant Front) and WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions) condemn the multinational Microsoft, which announced that it will lay-off 3000-4000 from its sales departments.

The “reason” of the layoffs is the company’s decision to proceed with restructuring aiming at the further development of other services eg cloud. The use of the new possibilities offered by science and technology development under the ongoing effort the of monopolies to increase their profitability and competitiveness leads thousands of workers to unemployment, even to giant companies such as Microsoft.

The policy of layoffs in the context of restructuring to boost profitability has been followed by other IT companies around the world. In a sector of tremendous profitability, the extreme competition of business groups requires continuous sacrifices from the workers, deterioration in working conditions, wage cuts and abolition of workers’ rights.
Against the anti-workers’ policies of the business groups, workers have the weapon of organization and solidarity
We express our solidarity to the thousands of Microsoft employees and call them to coordinate our struggle, to protect our jobs and our rights
Telecommunications & Information Technology Union of Athens
Telecommunications & Information Technology Union of Thessaloniki
Telecommunications & Information Technology Union Forthnet
Telecommunications & Information Technology Union 360.
Source: PAME.
Greek tourism industry: Unpaid labour, starvation wages and huge profits for the monopoly groups

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Greek tourism industry: Unpaid labour, starvation wages and huge profits for the monopoly groups

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/greek-tourist-industry-unpaid-labour.html
What lies behind the luxurious and idyllic facade of Greece’s tourism industry? The answer is that tourism consists another field for monopolies’ profitability, based on unpaid workers, layoffs, unsourced workers, starvation wages, lack of collective agreements etc. 
 
This is the actual meaning of “economic growth” that the SYRIZA-ANEL government, as well as the New Democracy and the other bourgeois parties, promote. 
 
Even if thousands of tourists arrive in Greece every day, hundreds of employees work daily to the tourism industry with humiliating salaries and exhausting shifts that last from dawn till dusk. The average – daily room rate on all 4-5-star hotels is equal to the salary of a waiter! In a tourist country like Greece, where 25 million of tourists are expected this summer, hotel workers cannot afford a decent vacation and relaxing period. This is Capitalism.
On July 20 workers on Hotel-Tourism-Catering in Greece are going on Strike against the worsening of the working conditions and demand the reinstatement of Collective Contracts for the whole sector, especially the big, 5star hotels, owned by big multinational corporations.
 
PAME (All-Workers Militant Front), the forces of which actively support the preparation of the strikes, inform and participate in the initiatives for the success of the mobilization, calls all labour unions to express their solidarity with the strike of the Hotel-Tourism-Catering workers.
The Unions’ call to the strike follows:
 Workers in tourism, hotels and catering industry in Greece
Cookswaitersmaidscleaning personnelsalesmen, receptionists, travel agents, and all other employees to hotels, catering companies, restaurants, etc
We cannot stand anymore the starvation wages, with no collective agreements. Working non-stop overtime shifts, without insurance and social security and sometimes even without getting paid for months.
Dozens of trade unions of tourism, hotels & catering industry from all over Greece, are calling you to join and protest with us:
ENOUGH!! ON JULY 20TH WE GO ON STRIKE
  • The “fairytale” of the SYRIZA Government and employees that all workers in tourism benefit from the growth of Tourism in Greece does not convince anyone of us who suffer from their policies.
  • They lie when they claim that we are working, that we are well-paid employees and we work under descent working conditions.
The reason is that the workers in tourism & catering industry in Greece, not only suffer from unemployment, but also are part-time workers, poorly paid- if not unpaid- and our health is brutally abused to their modern 5star hotels!!!
Even worse, we live the exploitation daily to the chain catering companies, where we get hired & fired in a blink of an eye, when workers cannot work under extreme pressure.
We will not remain silent!
Hundreds of us work only on seasonal jobs. Many work only 3 days per week.
At the same time, other colleagues have to work non stop for more than 10hours per day as “outsourced workers” through outsourcing “slave-trade”companies.
Young people that now work first time in tourism sector, full of dreams, end up sleeping in containers during the tourist season, working for free in order to “get experienced”.
And if by chance they are paid something, that is not enough, not even for their transportation from/to the working place. On the same time, the situation for the employees with contracts is not much better.
Nowadays Greece faces a unique growth, with an income exceeding every year €15 billion coming from our job while most of us do not have the necessary to survive. While welcoming 30million tourists every year in a country with more than 10.000 hotels and hundreds of restaurants, café, bars, very few of us have ourselves the “luxury” to go on holiday with their families.
This is the tourism they want to impose, a tourism that destroys & vanishes every single small working place and businessman who tries to compete the big business group of companies. This is the development they want to bring everywhere. And this is the truth.
Workers at Athens Ledra Hotel. Athens Ledra, one of the biggest 5-star hotels in the centre of Athens, suspended its operation just on the beginning of summer high season, end of May 2016. The owners of the hotel, who became richer, all these years that tourism is growing in Greece, literally abandoned the 230 employees without salary for more than 3 months. The employers decided to invest their funds to other business activities (constructions, energy etc), where the government grants are bigger. Pure capitalism.

WE CANNOT STAND THIS ANYMORE.
  • We must take over.
  • We must raise our voice.
  • We must strengthen our resistance and our demands along with the trade unions that care about the workers and their rights.
ORGANIZE OUR FIGHT:
  • Through a massive participation to the strike, in order to impose to the employers to accept collective agreements, all around the country
  • By demanding to live and work in a descent way, with a salary enough to cover our needs
  • By demanding the abolition of any new way , which the employers find, every now and then, in order to impose cuts to our salaries
  • By gaining, through our fight, protection & insurance measures for the unemployed colleagues and their families, during the entire duration of the unemployment
  • By demanding the abolition of the outsourcing companies that act as modern “slave traders”, in order all of us to have job with rights.
  • By fighting for human working conditions, health and safety in the working place
We shall take initiatives in order to inform all our colleagues around Greece for the demands we have and expose the employers and the extreme exploitation we’ ve been through We shall become better on revealing what is their “growth”, which steps on us and our lives for their profit. We must demand our growth, which will bring a life with dignity and rights for us and our families, for everyone. We must fight for our lives, in order to be able to go on holidays, enjoy cultural activities and recreate ourselves, not by buying all these as a luxury, but as a common right being deprived by the majority of the people today
With The Class Trade Unions On The Front Line
We Fight For Our Needs.
July 20 National Strike In Tourism.