Solidarity with Greek unions on strike today
The Greek trade union confederations, GSEE in the private sector and ADEDY in the public sector, have called a 24-hour General Strike today (12 November) against the latest round of austerity measures being imposed on the Greek people by the Troika – the European Central Bank, the IMF and the European Commission.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has sent a letter of solidarity to the Greek unions, setting their struggle against measures designed to punish the victims for an economic crisis they did nothing to cause. She wrote:
“After six years of failed austerity policies imposed on Greece by the Troika and the merciless onslaught against labour and social security rights, Greek workers, pensioners and the unemployed have been forced to pay a heavy price for the harsh measures of this latest, third fiscal adjustment programme for Greece. Like you, we reject the new cutbacks in wages and pensions, tax hikes and welfare cuts. We support your protest against the cuts in social security and home repossession.”
Greek unions have called workers to mass demonstrations in Athens and other towns “to protest the new anti-labour and anti-social measures that will again hit the working people and the pensioners of Greece pushing them into deeper poverty and destitution.”
But only change at European level will deliver the Greek people from the attacks of the Troika – a new spirit of solidarity, with a sustainable investment programme such as called for by the European Trade Union Confederation. We need job-rich growth and better wages to defend quality public services and decent levels of social protection.
The struggle of the Greek unions is the same struggle – albeit sharper and more severe – as the struggle faced by unions across the European Union. For a better EU. A better world.