The resistance to the Greek government’s austerity programme is on the rise again, with protests and strikes breaking out across the country.
Well over 20,000 people demonstrated in the city of Salonika last Saturday as prime minister George Papandreou spoke to bosses at an international trade fair. He assured them and the International Monetary Fund that he would push through with cuts.
And lorry drivers returned to an all-out strike on Monday after the government re-presented a bill to parliament that would open up the haulage industry to the free market. A truck drivers’ strike in the summer had a big impact.
Rail workers struck on Tuesday of this week against plans to privatise the rail industry. This follows a strike by transport workers in Athens last week.
“Papandreou has denied that there is going to be worse coming for people,” said Panos Garganas of the Workers Solidarity newspaper in Greece. “He is lying.
“The government had a cabinet reshuffle last week, which saw the person who pushed the pension reform bill through parliament appointed to health to push through cuts there.
“But things are hotting up in Greece very quickly in response to this.”