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Acropolis occupied in Greek protests over cuts

Issue No. 2224

Railway workers on strike are joined by students on their protest on Thursday of last week

Railway workers on strike are joined by students on their protest on Thursday of last week

Protests rocked Athens on Thursday of last week, as Greek workers and students continued their fight against cuts.

Police attacked civil service workers while they were occupying the famous Acropolis monument in their battle over back pay and striking rail workers and students joined together in a protest on the Greek parliament.

The rail workers are fighting privatisation, while the students are occupying universities across Greece against education cuts.

These are the latest battles to erupt as workers continue to oppose the imposition of the government and IMF austerity programme.

Telecom workers have also struck over pay, while local government unions have said that their members will not administer the upcoming local elections as their allowances have been cut.

Media workers at the Lambrakis Press Group have struck over redundancies, and public sector workers struck on 7 October over austerity.

“The Greek TUC has called a general strike for 15 December—budget day,” said Panos Garganas, editor of the Workers Solidarity newspaper in Greece. The TUC failed to call a general strike on budget day last year and faced a revolt from below—it didn’t want to face the same problem again. Many people want another general strike before then, but the TUC is saying that we have had too many already this year.

“But the cuts are making things worse in Greece. Unemployment is now at 650,000—around 12 percent of the working population. Some 150,000 people have been added to the dole queues in the last 12 months.

“But despite the TUC leaders, workers want to spread and generalising the strikes. When people do take action the level of participation is high and no strike is isolated.”

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Tue 19 Oct 2010, 18:53 BST
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