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(en) Federation of Anarchists Of Greece (OAE) - On the school teachers' strike

Date Wed, 15 Nov 2006 12:06:30 +0200

OAE proposes the revolutionary syndicalism as a method of action in the labour
The strike of the primary school teachers finished after six weeks with their
defeat. A defeat for which the basic responsibility belongs to the party and
corporate syndicalism. By throwing all the responsibility in the government’s
intolerance we disorientate the workers from the essential problem created by
the partisanship and corporatism in the trade-union movement of Greece.
In the case of the primary school teachers the government simply exploited the
split between the teachers and used its party syndicalist unions in order to
provoke the feeling of struggle by the teachers. If we consider the attitude of
the high school teachers and particularly those who belong to PASKE and DAKE
(syndicalist unions belong to the two political parties PASOk and New Democracy
respectively), who did not propose an indefinite strike at the time, we will
discover the real provocateurs of the struggle of the primary school teachers.

OAE believes that we should draw conclusions. A teachers’ struggle will never
have a success if it has not as its first subject the concerns of the students.
The teachers will never have a support by the wider social layers if they are
not defending by themselves their position against the parallel education
(tuition centres) where many of their colleagues from the public schools are
working simultaneously.

OAE proposes a total platform of demands in the social struggles. To achieve a
wider class support for every sector in struggle these struggles should not have
only economic corporate interests or demands. For example, the equality of wages
of all workers should constitute a basic demand of this platform.

OAE proposes the revolutionary syndicalism as a method of action in the labour
struggles. In the revolutionary syndicalism there is not room for party
syndicalism or privileges of the union representatives, but only direct
democracy in the decision-making process and a united class constitution of the
labour sectors.



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