Socialist Worker

'The left made unions act'

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2191

Migrant workers joined the protest in their hundreds  (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

Migrant workers joined the protest in their hundreds (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

Workers’ anger has pulled Greek trade union leaders behind a growing wave of resistance.

“The Greek TUC refused to do anything when the government voted on its budget for 2010,” said Illias Loizos, the secretary of the union for municipality workers in the area of Neo Iraklio. “But the smaller unions coordinated big strikes that put pressure on union leaders.

“The anti-capitalist left has pushed union leaders to act.”

Civil service workers are set to strike for four hours on Monday of next week. The strike, on International Women’s Day, is against the increase of women’s retirement age.

Local government workers are set to coordinate with them. Another public sector strike is to take place on Tuesday 16 March.

Unfortunately, the private sector unions have announced that they will not call any more action until after a conference on 18 March.

It is urgent to act to keep up the momentum, with more strikes and a political challenge over who pays for the recession—workers or bosses.

Left wing activists in Greece are arguing that the unions need to escalate the action and take initiatives in their individual sections.

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