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(en) anarkismo.net: Greece, ESE, We are here to stay! (gr) [machine translation]
Thu, 2 Aug 2018 08:43:28 +0300
Tourism monoculture and the downgrading of any other productive activity always entail the
risk of the city collapsing if it stops selling the tourist. And the "bubble" of tourism
seems to depend heavily on instability and war in neighboring countries, a treaty to which
the Greek state is actively contributing. ---- Events like the following are becoming more
and more common: ---- * MK, a student, was forced to evacuate her home in April to be
rented to tourists. ---- * CC, Associate Professor, did not find a home and resigned. ----
* The KO, working in the season, gets 580 euros for 10 hours of work without a day off.
---- * ST. makes a practice session in the season with 350 euros for 10-12 hours of work.
---- * For three people, seasonal workers at the university, a rent of 1,400 euros was
requested for one quart. ---- * The IM, a Syrian immigrant, dies luxury hotels with
degrading wages and uninsured.
* AP is remunerated with the basic salary (€ 431.75) and gives half the rent.
* A four-member family with two employees can not find a decent home at a reasonable price.
What is the thread linking all the above incidents? Tourism in Crete, as in other areas,
is a heavy industry, with profits for the few and the conditions of slavery for many. At
the same time it creates an unfriendly environment for the inhabitants. Since April,
Rethymno has been crafted to become a tourist park and to welcome its only desirable
inhabitants: tourists. On the pretext of growth, the tourist industry claims every
hundredth of beaches, public spaces and countryside, contaminating and restricting nature
and public spaces.
Renting houses for tourism has pushed rents soaring, creating a lack of homes for rent.
The hunt of profit by homeowners results in cannibalism. At the same time, those who are
renting are under the constant threat of a possible eviction for more profitable tourist
exploitation. Residents are treated as consumables, useful only to serve the tourist in
miserable working conditions while being used as tenants and consumers for the rest of the
year. The quality of the benefits to the residents is negligible, and the municipal fees
Finally, the monoculture of tourism and the downgrading of any other productive activity
always entail the danger of the city collapsing in case it stops selling the tourist. And
the "bubble" of tourism seems to depend heavily on instability and war in neighboring
countries, a treaty to which the Greek state is actively contributing.
We are here to stay! We want decent working and living conditions and free public spaces
in the city we live in.
(Libertarian Trade unionin of Rethymnon
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