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(en) Britain, Freedom* November 2011 - GREECE SET FOR WINTER OF RAGE

Date Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:40:23 +0200


Since late September, Greece is seeing a resurgence of large-scale social unrest as workers launch repeated waves of strike action. Enraged by the government’s decision to implement a new round of austerity cuts; public transport workers have called a series of 24 and 48 hour strikes causing serious disruption. It included a 48-hour strike by taxi-owners. ---- In a testament to how serious the situation is, even customs officials have been walking off their jobs, causing Macedonian businesses operating through Greece enormous losses. Other government officials including tax office and finance ministry employees have also gone on 48 hour strikes. Doctors and nurses struck on October 5 leaving hospitals to function on emergency staff. On September 26 even the police and the Special Guards protested by hanging a huge black banner in the capital, Athens.

There have been minor confrontations between stone-pelting youth and cops using tear gas. Thousands marched in Athens and Thessaloniki, and several schools and government offices remained shut. On October 5 hundreds of airliners ground to a halt, while transport workers struck again for the sixth time on October 10.

Greece’s two big unions, private sector GSEE and public sector ADEDY have called for a general strike on October 19. Ironically, Chilean students and unions have called for a national shutdown on the same day. A day before, on October 18, workers of state-owned companies – including oil refineries, power stations, port and water operators – will be going on strike.
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