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Militant strikes across Greece have got ministers on the run

by Julie Sherry
Issue No. 2322

Greek workers are back on the offensive against austerity. The first general strike since February is set to take place on Wednesday of this week.

Local government workers occupied town halls on Wednesday of last week. Hospital workers walked out the next day while metal and hotel workers struck to defend their pensions. One minister had to run for safety from rallying strikers who chased him, booing.

Thursday also saw a solid strike of Metro workers—no trains moved. Finance workers coordinated a strike on Friday. They confirmed their threat to escalate the general strike to a three-day stoppage.

Media workers then struck on Monday of this week. There was no news, no television that evening and no newspapers on Tuesday morning. The workers were set to cover the general strike and held a short stoppage so they could join the action.

At a meeting of the Greek TUC last week, the power workers’ union leader said the aim was for a million on the streets. He argued that if the government doesn’t back down over cuts, unions should hold repeated 48-hour general strikes.

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Tue 25 Sep 2012, 18:30 BST
Issue No. 2322
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