The Greek workers are on strike. Hundreds of thousands of people participated today in the whole country on demonstrations against the politics of the Greek government. Greece’s largest private and public sector unions GSEE and ADEDY have called to protest against the government’s planned pension reforms. Also the communist orientated All Workers Militant Front (PAME) organized 76 strike demonstrations in the whole country. The biggest march has been in Athens, where the media counted more than 100.000 demonstrators.
The Executive Secretariat of PAME welcomed the thousands of strikers all over Greece. In Athens, an enormous demonstration, one of the biggest the last years, gave a massive response to the Government of SYRIZA. Valentin Pacho, deputy General Secretary of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) transferred the solidarity of the international class movement. The demonstrators stated with one voice: We have the power! Without us nothing moves!
PAME declares: »Today’s strike was special. It clearly demonstrated that without the working people nothing works. No factories, no farms, no shops, no ports, trains, transports. When the working people stop production, the country dies! The great success of today’s strike, the massive strike rallies in every city, the militant blockades of the poor farmers all over Greece, the streets that flooded with people, reveal the abilities that exist today to block the new crime of the Government against Social Security, to move forward with new demands. Today’s strike revealed the great weapon of the people: the alliance of workers, self-employed, poor farmers, women, and youth. The success of today’s general strike shows the force of the popular alliance against our exploiters, the monopolies, the capitalists, the EU and their governments. PAME calls for more militant, more powerful struggle, with more advanced forms! We can stop this crime! Every day, in every workplace, branch, school, university, apprenticeship, neighborhood, everywhere! This is not the End! This is the beginning!«
As the official news agency ANA-MPA reports, there are no trolleys, trains, suburban train and taxis. Busses will run from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm while the metro, the electric railway and the tram will operate from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The media sector went on strike from 6:00 am Wednesday to Thursday 6:00 am, so that they can provide coverage of the general strike.
The Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE) and the National Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE) also participate in today’s strike. The Greek Seamen’s Federation (PNO) holds a 48-hour strike starting from 06:00 on Thursday until 06:00 on Saturday. Lawyers, notaries, truck drivers, doctors and pharmacists have also decided to participate in the general strike as well as fuel station owners.
Unions from all over the world expressed their support and solidarity with PAME and the workers of Greece for the General Strike of February 4. PAME received solidarity statements from the Brazilian CTB, local branches of French CGT, Italian USB, the Trade Union of Labour Migrants in Russia and many more. The European Trade Union Meeting of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), of 15 unions from Austria, Great Britain, Russia, Lugansk, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Galicia, Basque Country, Italy, Russia, Sweden, also declared its solidarity with the Greek workers. Also, WFTU affiliates in Turkey will organize today an action of Solidarity with PAME and the Greek working class outside the Greek Embassy in Ankara.