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General strike paralyses Greece

Issue No. 1718

General strike paralyses Greece

AROUND 15,000 people marched in Athens on Tuesday against privatisation and free market policies. There were also marches and rallies in cities and towns across Greece. It was the most effective general strike for seven years.

Workers in factories owned by multinational companies such as Knorr, Unilever, Coca-Cola and Heineken struck alongside miners, power workers, rail and bus workers, civil servants, hospital workers, bank workers, teachers and others. Workers in different trade unions united around demands for a 35 hour week without loss of pay, against flexible working, for wealth redistribution through higher wages, an end to privatisation, and for defence of social security and welfare benefits.

These demands are a direct challenge to the IMF-style policies pursued by the Greek government, which models itself on New Labour.

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Sat 14 Oct 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1718
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