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(en) Poland, Warsaw, Against Austerity Measures, the Weapon of Capital Accumulation

Date Sat, 03 Dec 2011 11:02:19 +0200


On Dec. 2, there was a picket at the Greek embassy in Warsaw against capitalist exploitation, austerity measures, repression and other attacks on working people in Greece. The protesters also the demanded release of prisoners. The ZSP* distributed the following text: ---- We stand in solidarity with the people of Greece, fighting against the ploys of the ruling classes which are forcing more and more austerity measures on them. In Poland we hear the nonsense of neoliberal logic repeated again and again about how it is necessary to make cuts, as if the Greek working classes were living some life of waste and luxury. --- In reality, all the waste always comes from the top and it is the people who are made to pay for this. A few people get rich, while most working people get screwed. ---- A few facts about working life in Greece should dispel the myths of the neoliberals who try to convince people of their manipulations.

First is that in Greece, people work hard. They work on average 42
hours a week. But they do not earn much. 20% of Greek workers live in
poverty and most earn less than 1000 euros a month. Pensions and
salaries tend to range between 50-60% of the Eurozone average. Youth
unemployment is very high. This shows something: that the neoliberal
polices imposed on the country already after 1992 (Maastricht treaty),
have not been working to create wealth and luxury for working people.
The people have been working hard and have a rather miserable pay by
European standards.

Another myth the neoliberals like to tell is that Greece is just poor
and underdeveloped, so it cannot afford to keep its workers in such
„luxury”. If Greece is so poor, how can one explain that the assets of
its monetary financial institutions increased by 250% in the last
decade? It is true that at the same time, public debt was increasing,
which just shows that money was being accumulated in the financial
institutions and cut from public spending, creating the debt through
underfinancing.

In 2008, the Greek government paid banks 106,000,000,000 euros in aid.
And this is the real reason that now they are looking to cut money
everywhere – because they gave a huge bailout to financial
institutions. So again, the government gave public money to financial
institutions and force workers to pay for it twice: once by giving the
money, second by being subjected to austerity measures.

At the same time that the working classes are suffering from cuts,
Greek multimillionaires are prospering. There is record wealth held by
Greek tycoons in Swiss banks (600,000,000,000 euros) and the Financial
and Economic Crime Unit estimates that almost as much money is being
moved around in suspicious off-shore companies with Greek capital.
Apparently, there is a lot of money to be made in Greece or with Greek
capital– and it is quickly taken out of the country and hidden.

Thus we refuse to believe the false excuses of the establishment,
which is covering up the reality of what is going on.

The problem in Greece with austerity measures is one that is effecting
countries around Europe. It effects Poland as well, except here so
many people have fallen for the logic of the elites that the fight is
out of people. People are running away from this country instead of
fighting.

Let's stand up too and fight the austerity measures in this country:
cuts in health care, education, public housing, higher costs put on
people so the rich can get even richer.

March 31, 2012 there will be a Day of Rage against austerity measures
in Warsaw. We invite people to take part in this event. For more
information, follow the page of the ZSP: www.zsp.net.pl

Tighten your fists, not your belts!
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* Anarchosyndicalist
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