Monday, September 18, 2023

KKE: Strike call against Mitsotakis government's new anti-labour steamroller

On Friday 15/09/23, the workers and the youth demonstrated in a mass protest in Syntagma square, determined not to allow their working and living conditions to be crushed under the iron heel of the laws of profit and exploitation.

The protest, organized by trade unions and mass organizations, turned into a call for a strike against the government’s anti-labour steamroller and into a condemnation of the recent crime against the people of Thessaly.
With the new anti-labour bill, the government legislates work for 13-hour day and 78-hour  week by allowing to work for more than one employer, and promotes the indirect extension of work until the age of 74, in combination with zero-hour contracts. The bill also contains provisions against the right to strike. In practice, workers are being turned into a flexible production machine with no rights, working into old age.

Many sectoral trade unions and Labour Centres have called for a 24-hour strike on 21/09, the day when the government will bring the anti-labour bill to a vote.

The GS of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), Dimitris Koutsoumbas, took part in the protest of the trade unions and mass organizations in Syntagma and stated the following: “We are present here tonight, in Syntagma square, to strengthen our solidarity and to demand that the urgent needs of our people be met, especially in the areas affected by the recent floods and the wildfires. At the same time, we are here to give a strong response to the new anti-labour bill of the New Democracy government, for which the trade unions are calling a nationwide strike next Thursday, the day when this monstrosity will be discussed in the plenary session of the Parliament”.