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No to blackmail and compromise with austerity in Greece

The Greek government, led by the left party Syriza, has called a referendum on the austerity agreement the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are trying to impose. These bodies hold most of Greece’s foreign debt after bailing out the bankers, and have pushed through vicious austerity measures in “memorandums” with previous governments. The vote is set to take place on Sunday of next week. The following is a statement by the Greek Socialist Workers Party (SEK).

Issue No. 2459

Vote no - Greek Socialist Worker party poster

Vote no - Greek Socialist Worker party poster


Statement by the Greek Socialist Workers Party

We vote NO to the agreement. The government should get back all the concessions that have been made.

We need a united front for cancelling the debt, leaving the EU and nationalising the banks.

The government has announced a referendum. The massive resistance to compromise with the blackmailers of the IMF and the EU forced the government not to sign an agreement.

This development is a step forward for all those who fought and fight against the old and new memorandums.

The dockers who went on strike against the privatisation of Piraeus port, the hospital workers who went on strike asking for money and more staff for the health service, the thousands who came out against the agreement—this is the force that said no to blackmail, no to compromise.

Now we must continue to crush the right wing and liberal parties that are loyal to the Troika and its memorandums. On Sunday vote a massive No to the agreement.

But do not stop there.

We demand that the government of the left proceed directly to implement the promises it made to the labour movement in order to get elected.

Cancel the old and new memorandums, provide work for the unemployed, increase wages, pensions and money for schools, hospitals, local governments and pension funds.

The money to fund them should come from

  • Cancelling the debt—here and now, without exceptions.
  • Nationalising all the banks
  • Leaving the euro and the EU and embarking on a struggle for workers’ control

In this battle we have support from the working class throughout Europe. They have rallied against the EU and the IMF in all major cities.
What is needed is the strengthening of the revolutionary left. To fight together to overturn the agreement and make way for a new society without the burdens of bankrupt capitalism.

Do not stop the fight against extortionists and compromises.


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