Socialist Worker

Solid strikes rock Greek Tories

by Leandros Bolaris
Issue No. 1957

Greece was heading for a general strike on Friday of this week in a further sign of the Europe-wide rebellion against neo-liberalism. Over 50,000 bank workers have been on strike for over two weeks.

The Tory government wants to reduce wages and pensions, extend the retirement age and introduce flexible working.

After defeating the telecom workers, the government and the bankers started propaganda about the “privileged” bank workers and later attacked the dock workers in Piraeus port.

The plan backfired. The strikes in the banks and in the port are solid. The previous Tory government in Greece collapsed in the middle of a strike wave in 1993. Today’s strikers have a chant to the prime minister: “Karamanlis, remember 1993.”


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Sat 25 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1957
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