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(en) Greece, Anarchist Federation Strike 23/2/2021, Solidarity with the struggle of doctors, health workers and hospital workers [machine translation]

Date Sun, 21 Feb 2021 11:54:25 +0200

Undoubtedly, if the consequences of the pandemic have not become even worse, we owe this exclusively to a sector of workers. They are the doctors, the nurses, the ambulances, the hospital cleaners, all of them who work in the field of health. ---- Without a doubt, if there is one social group that has paid the maximum price for this pandemic, it is neither the elderly, nor those with underlying diseases, nor the vulnerable groups, who are again the employees of public hospitals. There have been a million victims in their ranks and more. It is enough to imagine the unthinkable, that they were forced to work even when they tested positive until the symptoms paid off.

You do not need hidden cameras and tearful reports to be convinced that this is the most reasonable and expected of people who are constantly exposed to cases in an environment where basic safety measures have not been taken. But we have to wonder about the veil of silence that has spread around these conditions, about the fact that we have neither hidden cameras nor tearful reports. On the contrary, we hear accusations even that the fact that 80% of patients who die are outside the ICU, as if it is their responsibility not to build new ICUs, as if they voluntarily choose the role of God or the executioner.

When in the first wave of the pandemic, when there were still few victims, we saw the applause of the regimes to the "heroes", we should have reservations. Fiestas are easy when the time has not come to take responsibility. And now that the time has come, fiestas have no place. Now they are expelling from the hospitals trade unionists who complain about the treatment conditions, now, following the propaganda about "individual responsibility", the doctors are accused of being the victims of the pandemic and if they mobilize they are accused of irresponsibility.

The reality is that the health care providers, who are lifting all the weight of the crisis, are facing the state, which is only interested in finding a way to load its failure while taking advantage of the situation to move the heavier anti-social agenda to a host of others. issues.

The sanitary are on their own. That request had been made in the past has proved prophetic in today's crisis, whether it was a shortage of hospital supplies and equipment or staff shortages. Today the state admits that it has no staff to make the vaccines. Where the existing staff has not even been vaccinated the same...

It is certainly more on the table than the well-known state incompetence and partisan aspirations of the right to emerge unscathed from failure. It is the strategic choice of destroying and devaluing public health, as well as any public good for the benefit of individuals. While the pandemic proved the inherent inability of private health to respond to public risks even now the state continues to reward it. Directly and indirectly.

Just think that the monopoly of NSS resources by the pandemic has pushed all the other incidents in the private sector. What was free until yesterday must be paid today. To be paid by those who can, because the poorest see exams and surgeries postponed... for once.

Even now the health bosses, instead of seeing their shops urged for the public good, are hoarding, at a time when proletarians and the lower petty bourgeoisie are being crushed. But all this makes sense if one considers that the government did not even have the subtlety not to rush to be vaccinated before even by the health workers.

The only ally in this crisis for the social base is itself. And a part of it, the health workers, honors this alliance and more.

We must not leave them alone and why it would be immoral and why it is not in our interest.

If the hospitals collapse it will be a disaster.

And in order not to collapse, even at this last hour we must support the health workers, to demand that all their requests be met immediately.

It may not be time for maximalism, but it is time to ask ourselves, from what we see happening around us, in whose hands the NSS should be. The state that promotes private hospitals, that in such circumstances chooses to reduce the health budget, that appoints irrelevant party dogs for hospital administrators or employees? The workers who with their justified chronic demands have proved that they know what is happening and what is needed and with their attitude to the pandemic that they know how to honor their role.

Whatever one considers, there is no question that the NSS needs mass recruitments immediately. That all health professionals should be vaccinated immediately with absolute priority. That hospitals need new ICUs, equipment and consumables.

And that in view of a possible third wave of the pandemic, private health needs to be accelerated as a whole. Every day, a portion of the dead would have survived if part of the trade union demands of the health sector had been met.

How much we will allow this condition to continue and worsen.

To stand on the side of the health.

To support their demands

To defend their mobilizations

February 23, 2021, We support the strike in the hospitals and all the mobilizations.

Athens: Meeting of the Coordinating Committee of primary unions, race committees and hospital employees, 23/2/2020, at the Ministry of Labor and March at the Ministry of Health.

Thessaloniki: Meeting of the health workers, 10:00 at the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace

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