Thursday, 24. January 2019

A massive protests at the Ministries of Labor and Migration Policy, as well as at the Embassy of Bangladesh, was organized on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, immigrant land workers from the area of Nea Manoloda, in Southern Greece.

Dozens of migrants, most of whom lived in a camp that was burned last June, traveled by buses from the region to Athens, expressing their determination to fight against the miserable living and work conditions they face.

On Thursday 27th of December, the union of workers in the telecoms and IT sector of Athens along with workers of Teleperformance gathered at the headquarters of the company, in order to denounce the 200 layoffs that the company announced. At the same time, Teleperformance is also sacking trade unionists. 

The trade union called for the cancellation of the layoffs and calls for struggle against the intimidation and the persecution of trade unionists. 


All Workers Militant Front (PAME)

Two weeks ago, mobilizations were organized in Greece through anonymous appeals with nationalist and irredentist slogans spread in schools. The Secretary of the Central Council of the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE), Nikos Abatielos wrote an article for a Greek newspaper, in which he declared that the efforts of various fascists failed thanks to the determined position of the students. Organizing student mobilizations with the participation of tens of thousands of students under the slogan, "We fight for our rights in education and life. No to the Tsipras-Zaev agreement. All fascists out of our schools. NATO out of Greece and the Balkans,” KNE played a key role in the isolation of the fascists, whose plans eventually failed.

PAME held massive and militant demonstrations all over Greece on December 18 against the anti-workers’ State Budget.

In Athens thousands of workers took to the streets and demonstrated in front of the Parliament.

The main speaker, President of the Union of Workers in Thriasio Hospital, stated: “We welcome all the workers who are here and in other cities of Greece demonstrating against the «memorandum budget» of the SYRIZA-ANEL government, which does not fall short of anything else in previous memorandum budgets.

Thousands of Pensioners from all over Greece held a great demonstration in the center of Athens on Saturday, December 15.

The pensioners demanded the reinstatement of all their rights and of their pensions, which have been cut drastically the previous years. They also protested against the anti-workers social security legislation.

The Union of Private Employees in Athens held a strike on December 11 for workers in Médecins Sans Frontières’ (Doctors Without Borders) offices, demanding the re-employment of the four fired  workers.

It is an important step that the workers themselves, with the help of the Union, have organized and protected their mobilization.

The CP of Greece says the development of the relations between the fascist Golden Dawn and the Embassy of the PR of China "whitewashes" the criminal organization.

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) published a Comment in its newspaper "Rizospastis" regarding the meeting of China Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, with a delegation of the criminal Nazi organization "Golden Dawn". This is the second incident were the KKE exposes the relations of the fascist organization with the Embassy of the People’s Republic (PR) of China. A year ago, the KKE had sent a letter to the Working Group parties of the International Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP), including the CP of China, condemning the invitation of the Golden Dawn to an event organized by the Embassy of the PR of China.

The European Communist Initiative (ECI) convened its plenary meeting in Athens on November 26. On behalf of the Communist Party of Greece, an introductory speech was made by Giorgos Marinos, member of the PB of the CC of the KKE. After the introduction, the rich action of the previous six months was treated, including numerous initiatives and interventions against the imperialist Euro-Atlantic plans and the further dangerous militarization of the EU; against the anti-communism of the EU and governments; against anti-popular measures like the orchestrated restriction of the right to strike and measures affecting the right to education; as well as activities for important anniversaries and celebrations such as the Great October Socialist Revolution, the May Day and the Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples.

On December 4, the PAME Executive Secretariat met and discussed the outcomes and conclusions of the strike on 28 November.

The discussion noted that the Strike on November 28th with the massive rallies and demonstrations of PAME was a militant and necessary response to the Government-Employers-yellow trade unions. Despite the undermining tactics of the GSEE (member of the ETUC in Greece), as well as the Government’s propaganda about the «end of the memorandums,» thousands of workers acted and participated in PAME’s strike rallies. An important element is the increased participation in the Strike in sectors and workplaces where the class unions are at the forefront of the struggle for signing Collective Contracts.

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