Saturday, September 10, 2022

Greece: The KKE at the side of workers and students

On 8/9, a delegation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) was once again at the side of the striking workers of “Malamatina”, a large wine production company in Thessaloniki, who continue their multi-day struggle. The delegation of the KKE conveyed the message that the KKE will continue to support their just struggle with all its might.

The strikers demand the revocation of 15 dismissals and the signing of a Collective Labour Agreement.

The cadres of the KKE held a discussion with the strikers and highlighted that their just struggle must be embraced and become a centre of coordination and solidarity at a local, sectoral, and national level.

G. Protoulis, member of the Political Bureau of the CC of the KKE, made a statement after the meeting. Among other things, he noted that “The struggle of the workers in ‘Malamatina’ is a just struggle; it must be justified, the workers must win, the dismissed workers must return to work. It is a struggle that must be supported by the entire working class, because the issues faced by the workers at ‘Malamatina’ are issues faced by the entire working class.

It is a struggle that can set an example, a struggle that takes the baton from the dozens of mobilizations that were held in the past months and years. That is the way out, that is the path that workers must continue on."

Giannis Frangidis, president of the Workers’ Union in the enterprise, expressed the thanks of the workers of “Malamatina” to the KKE, which has expressed its solidarity with their struggle from the very first moment.

Students: Get the police out of universities - We struggle for education and free studies!

On 8/9, a mass student rally took place in the centre of Athens, with the participation of students, professors, and university workers.

Through their struggle, the students denounced the intensification of repression in higher education institutions, which is aimed at serving the operation of universities as enterprises, and asserted their rights to studies and life.

Commenting on the developments, the Press Office of the CC of the KNE noted that “The government, like a thief in the night, is sneaking the University Police, which has been condemned by the majority of students, into campuses. Students and their associations have already opposed to that and immediately found themselves at the gates of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the National Technical University of Athens, demanding that the University Police retreat immediately!

The € 50 million provided by the government for the establishment of University Police should be used to cover the real needs of the students. They should be used for mass recruitment of professors, student residences, modern infrastructure, and student care.

We call on students, on young men and women, to struggle to put up a wall against the government’s repressive and authoritarian plans.”