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Greece could need another bailout as workers go on offensive

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2368

Health workers on strike last week

Health workers on strike last week (Pic: Workers Solidarity)


The crisis in Greece was back at the centre of European politics last week—just as workers began a new round of mass strikes.

The government faces huge opposition to its cuts package and is close to breaking point.

Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble let slip that Greece may need another bailout.

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras says he may also need a relaxation of the tough bailout conditions.

Each bailout comes with austerity measures that plunge Greece deeper into crisis.

German chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to respond. She had been determined to keep Greece out of her election campaign.

Offensive

But workers in Greece are back on the offensive against mass public sector job losses after the summer lull.

A march through Athens during a national hospital strike on Friday of last week was led by workers from ten hospitals facing closure.

They called for health workers to begin an indefinite national strike from 11 September—a date when teachers are already expected to do the same.

This week began as strikes rocked the civil service and was set to finish with a public sector general strike.

Added to all this, the government has to win votes in parliament to close the state broadcaster and to authorise home repossessions.

Several MPs already say they will rebel against Samaras. With his tiny majority of just three MPs, every vote is on a knife edge.

The strikes could break him—and the effect would be felt across the eurozone.

 


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