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A Greek worker's message to us: United we can beat austerity

My message to the workers of Europe is this – the struggle is the only solution to the crisis.

Issue No. 2278

I am a printer in Athens. For the past 20 years, our union hasn’t been that active. But the scale of the crisis has forced it to take action and become more militant.

Every day we are faced with redundancies and savage cuts in wages. Where I work, the bosses delayed our pay this month. That’s not unusual.

Printers at a popular left wing newspaper, Eleutherotupia, haven’t been paid since August. They struck earlier this month and are fighting back alongside the journalists’ unions and other workers there.

We have decided to hold two-hour walkouts on every shift—and we plan to escalate our action until we win. Our printers’ union has 2,000 members in Athens. We have taken part in every general strike in recent months. We have also had many other strikes in individual workplaces.

We are organising committees in every workplace to give confidence to all workers to fight back. It’s important to involve them all in our resistance.

We urgently need united action by all workers to stop the bosses’ attacks and beat austerity.

My message to the workers of Europe is this—the struggle is the only solution. We need strikes and occupations to take our lives back into our hands. We have no time to lose.

Alex Callinicos, Louis Bayman and Panos Garganas also write on the crisis in the eurozone in this week's Socialist Worker

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Tue 15 Nov 2011, 19:02 GMT
Issue No. 2278
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