Thursday, June 10, 2021

Nationwide strike in Greece: Massive protests against the monstrous labour draft law

With massive demonstrations in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities across Greece, thousands of people sent today a militant message to the government, demanding the immediate repealing of the monstrous draft bill which, among other things, provides the abolition of the 8-hour working day. 

The Unions have declared Thursday 10 June a 24-hour nationwide strike, as a protest against the governmental draft bill which aims to take the labour conditions back to the Middle Ages.  

Under the slogan "Hands Off the 8-hour working day; no negotiations and no bazaars", workers, students, self-employed men and women, people of all ages gathered at Propylea, in downtown Athens, creating a huge river of demonstrators. 

Speaking to reporters, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas pointed out: 

"No matter what the government does, this draft bill is condemned in the consciousness of the working people. The last word belongs to the workers, the young men and women who can understand their power and ruin it, they can send it where it belongs, in the dustbin. So that they will not live a slave's life in the 21st century". 


Similar demonstrations took place in Thessaloniki, Piraeus, Patras, Heraklion and other big cities. 

The Trade Unions and the protesters vowed to step up their activity against the government's monstrosity by organizing new mobilizations on June 16th.