Two-day General Strike in Greece

pameThe SYRIZA-ANEL government is proceeding to new anti-worker measures calculated at being worth 5.4billion euros (3% of the GDP) focusing of the heavy taxation of the people and the dismemberment of the social security system and pensions. In this direction it tabled this draft law in parliament, which will probably be put to a vote in the full plenum on the 10-11 of May. In addition, the SYRIZA-ANEL government is searching for a legal formula and a “reserve: package of anti-people measures that will be worth 3.6 billion euros (2% of the GDP).This was the subject of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government’s consultations with the high-level delegations of the Eurozone and IMF.

The activity of the class-oriented labour movement is intensifying against the anti-people plans and machinations of the SYRIZA-ANEL government. It organized major mobilizations on the 26th of April in Athens, Thessalonica and other Greek cities.

Sotiris Poulikogiannis, member of the Executive Secretariat of PAME, spoke at the rally and stressed that ” All the talk about “tough negotiations” of the government is a fairy tale” and he added that:”And this government, as all the previous ones, stands at the side of the bourgeois class, the ship owners, the industrialists, the big hotel owners, the big retailers, the bankers. It is striving for their interests, it is negotiating for their interests, and is capable of brinkmanship for them if necessary.” The PAME cadre noted that “Our determination, which flows from the fact that our cause is just, is the strongest basis to make sure that our call for a general uprising is not simply a slogan.”There is no room for illusions anymore. The rationale of the “lesser evil” leads to even worse situations. If we do not stop them with our struggle, the downward spiral will not end and our lives will become an endless torment. Enormous wealth is being produced and we produce it. Never in history was there the potential as there is today for everyone to leave a truly peaceful and beautiful life, without the exploitation of man by man. A handful of parasites and plutocrats impede this potential in order to defend their unbelievable wealth.”

The mobilizations of PAME constitute a step to prepare the 2-day general strike for when the draft law will be brought to parliament to be voted on.

DIMITRIS KOUTSOUMPAS:“No” to the draft law and the tricks of the government

A large delegation of the CC of the KKE participated in yesterday’s rally in Syntagma. It was headed by the GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, who made the following statement:”We say “no” to the governments constant tricks. We say no to the guillotine-law for the social security system and taxation, to all the anti-people measures. We are struggling for the total overthrow of the anti-people political line.”

Source: KKE via Solidnet / RedGlobe