Saturday, 23. June 2018

Communist Party of Greece (KKE) released a statement on the recent agreement between the governments of Greece and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

After years of dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, governments of Greece and FYROM signed an agreement on June 17, deciding on the latter’s new name as “Northern Macedonia”. Talks that were being held since February between the two governments are closely associated with membership of FYROM to NATO and the EU, under reconciliaton of the UN as membership of Macedonia is contiungly rejected by Greece since the status of Macedonia was determined as “prospective member” in 2005. However, crisis seems to continue as the agreement is vetoed by the president of FYROM. Moreover, the recent negotiations caused a great unrest among the Greek people. On February, a mass rally organized by right-wing political parties including neo-nazi Golden Dawn Party was held in Athens, with participation of tens of thousands of Greeks stating “Macedonia is Greece”.

The sharpening of the competitions for business group profits, the exploitation and the imperialist interventions have resulted in millions of uprooted and persecuted people around the world, the increase in 2018 of arrivals of refugees in our country. Thousands of them are trapped under outrageous conditions, stacked in the Reception and Identification Centers.

The EUROF of WFTU on the occasion of 20th June World Refugee Day has called for a week of solidarity with Refugees and Migrants to demonstrate solidarity with the victims of imperialist wars, and the peoples against racism, nationalism and xenophobia.

PAME supports this initiative of the EUROF of WFTU and planned a series of actions and activities.

The Union of Workers in Tourism-Hotel-Catering of Athens, with the solidarity of unions from other sectors, held a new militant protest inside the International Airport of Athens, on Saturday, June 16, demanding the cancelation of the layoff of a unionist by the Italian catering multinational AUTOGRILL.

On Thursday, June 14th, PAME held militant rallies in many cities of Greece against the draft bill of the SYRIZA Government with a package of antiworkers’ measures and the propaganda that this will lead to “return to regularity”.

On Sunday, June 10, PAME delegation visited again the areas of Nea Manolada in Ilia, southwestern Greece, where thousands of migrant land workers work and live under the wretched and unacceptable conditions in the fields.

The delegation of PAME, was headed by Vasili Stamoulis, chairman of the Federation of Workers in Textile and Clothing Industries and a member of the Executive Secretariat of PAME.

The Chinese Multinational COSCO yesterday filed a suit demanding the workers’ strike be called illegal and stopped. Based on the new anti-trade union legislation imposed by the SYRIZA-ANEL Government the Court of Piraeus convened immediately and called the Strike illegal.

Earlier the employers had tried to break the strike using strikebreakers and fascists. When they did not succeed to enter through the picket lines, they used a small boat to reach the docks from the sea, but this attempt failed also.

On Wednesday, 30th May 2018, a 24-hour Pan-Hellenic strike took place in Greece. According to the statement of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the struggle for the organization of this strike was particularly tough, since the compromised leaderships of the GSEE-ADEDY confederations, although they called a strike, did everything for its failure.

The compromised trade union leadership of GSEE and ADEDY called upon workers to demonstrate and strike for "boosting entrepreneurship and innovation". The KKE underlined that this demonstrates 'the demands and context of the OECD, the IMF, the EU, the ECB, the Memoranda and the Government’. The statment said, ‘And they called this a "national plan"!

The workers in the port of Piraeus, which is owned by the Chinese company COSCO continue their strike for 2nd day after the company attempted to break the workers participation to the National General Strike of May 30.

COSCO on the afternoon of May 29 attempted to intimidate the workers not to participate in the strike by issuing a statement that it will call for the arrest and persecution of anyone who tries to stop the company from functioning during the strike. COSCO named the workers Union as an organization that promotes violence and uses threats to pressure workers. At the same time COSCO forced workers who were inside the workplace to stay after their shift was over so as not to stop work. This way COSCO attempted to intimidate workers and stop any picket lines. This way COSCO wanted to block any effort of the union to fight for collective contract and stop the extreme exploitation of the workers by COSCO.

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