Public sector workers in Greece have launched a nationwide strike in protest at government measures to make working people pay for the bosses crisis. The BBC states:
“Flights have been grounded, many schools are closed and hospitals are operating an emergency-only service.
The government wants to freeze pay, gather more taxes and reform pensions.
EU leaders will discuss the issue during a summit in Brussels on Thursday amid concern the Greek crisis could threaten the credibility of the euro.
Despite heavy rain, there were rallies across the country, with hundreds of striking workers and pensioners gathering in the centre of Athens ahead of a planned protest there.”
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At the end of 2009 Greece’s budget deficit stood at 12.7 percent, PASOK a New Labour style party has pledged to reduce this to 9.1 percent. PASOK was elected by tacking left in the recent elections showing that not all social-liberal parties are dead and buried. The government face a problem in pushing through these attacks in the form of the movement that erupted last year with the killing of the 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Although the roots of the movement go back to the successful resistance in schools and universities against Neo-Liberal “reforms”, it was the killing by the police of a 15 year old boy that started a wave of strikes and battles that were described at the time as an “uprising”. The Socialist Workers Party sister organisation in Greece will be fighting the cuts no matter who is government and we will be doing the same here!