Socialist Worker

'We will defy the bankers' - Greek workers speak out

Issue No. 2303

Greece is in the bankers’ firing line. But ordinary workers are rejecting austerity.

“No one wants to be governed like before,” says Costas Katarachias, a doctor and union rep at Agios Savvas cancer hospital in Athens.

“Everyone is waiting to see what will happen, but we want radical change now.

“That’s the feeling of defiance at the banks and ruling class that the elections expressed.

“The alternative can only come from the workplaces and the streets.”

Dina Garane is a teacher in Athens. She says students at her school “feel they have no future”.

“The elections showed people don’t want the attacks of the government and the rich,” she said.

“Workers will defy the banks. They have taken all of the bailout money—it hasn’t gone to education, health or workers.”

It is not just Greeks who are saying no to austerity.

In France, Francois Hollande was elected on an anti-austerity platform.

In Spain, hundreds of thousands of indignados returned to the streets last week.

And here in Britain, hundreds of thousands of public sector workers struck against the Tories’ attack on their pensions.

It’s all part of the rising tide of resistance across Europe.

Together we have the power to stop the bankers in their tracks.

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