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‘Some Greek workers are continuing the fight beyond the general strikes’

Panos Garganas, editor of Workers’ Solidarity, spoke to Socialist Worker.

Issue No. 2193

The general strike in Greece on Thursday of last week was even more powerful than the one on 24 February.

The Greek TUC says that 90 percent of workers took part.

The protest in Athens was so big that there was no gap between the Communist Party-led Pame union and the trade union and left contingents, as is usually the case.

The police attempts to break up the demonstration failed as there were so many people there.

Some workers are continuing the struggle beyond the general strikes.

The power workers are at the forefront of the struggle now.

They struck on Tuesday and Wednesday, and occupied the headquarters of the department that runs job centres on Monday.

They are angry about attacks on their pension fund.

The TUC has its conference next week so there may not be more action from it soon.

The government is waiting to hear whether the European Union is going to loan money to Greece.

If it does provide £25 billion it will allow the government to escape the financial pressure in April and May.

The government is saying little about the strikes as it doesn’t want to make the situation worse. It has nothing to offer.

It is waiting for the EU to make up its mind.

Workers are waiting for the trade union leaders to make up their mind.

The only sector breaking with this waiting game is the power workers—though lots of other groups could move too.

The whole thing could explode again.


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