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EU leaders united on need for cuts in Greece

by Panos Garganas, editor Workers Solidarity newspaper in Greece
Issue No. 2194

European Union leaders all agree that deep cuts are needed—but they are sharply divided over how to slash Greek workers’ living standards.

Germany is demanding cast-iron guarantees of repayments before agreeing to any bail out.

The scale of the cuts in Greece has provoked huge resistance, with three general strikes and a number of strikes in different areas.

The trade union leaders are not expected to decide their next steps until after the Easter holiday.

But each day sees groups of workers holding protests against the cuts.

Socialist activists are arguing that the unions need to escalate to a 48-hour general strike.

We are also arguing that individual unions need to go for all-out strikes, which is a possibility for those in power, telecoms, schools and local government.

If any of these groups move they will drag everyone else behind them.

Workplace activists need to be building the movement in their offices and factories between each wave of strikes, organising solidarity for those taking action.

There is an assembly of the anti-capitalist left this weekend, which will help us orientate for the coming battles.

Public sector workers in France struck on Tuesday of this week against the right wing government’s pension policies.

The action came two days after president Nicolas Sarkozy UMP party suffered a shattering defeat in regional elections.

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Tue 23 Mar 2010, 19:30 GMT
Issue No. 2194
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