Monday, 23. July 2018

PAME expresses its solidarity with the workers of the multinational AMAZON who are fighting for the signing for a Collective Agreement with better wages in Spain and Germany.

The workers of Amazon, one of the world's largest e-commerce multinationals, are in strike claiming a Collective Agreement with substantial increases in their wages. Amazon's employers have responded to workers' claims by using strike breaking mechanisms and by arresting workers in the picket lines.

On Monday July 2nd the company RIVULIS – EURODRIP (which is Israel-owned) laid off two workers, members of the newly founded Union, just 3 days before of the Union elections.

Both workers were members of the newly founded Union, and the one was also a candidate for the Union elections. The reason for the layoffs was that the company wanted to block the Union presence in the workplace and to intimidate the workers before the elections.

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) with more than 92 million members in 126 countries around the world expresses its class solidarity with its members in Greece, the workers in RIVULIS - EURODRIP Company of Israeli Interests. In particular, the company, a few days before the union’s elections, made two intimidating dismissals of class trade unionists, because they dared to be in the front line for the founding of a trade union in the company.

On Thursday 5th of June a delegation of UTS (Senegal) visited PAME. The delegation, consisted of Aliou Ndiaye General Secretary, and Ibrahima Sylla, Mamadou Moustapha Kane, and Magatte Diop. The delegation informed PAME about the condition of workers and the labour movement in Senegal and Africa. PAME informed UTS about the recent developments in Greece and the action of the class-oriented Trade Unions.

PAME denounces the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE-ETUC Affiliate) for accepting employers in its leadership.

Recent reports in many media confirm what we have been denouncing for years about the role of the trade unions controlled by the employers and the governments, about the ETUC’s forces in Greece, in supporting anti-workers’ plans. This role seems to have moved to another level, since it is not just that their choices serve the interests of employers, but that, they, themselves are now employers!!!!

We call on every worker and unemployed youth to reflect and realise what is behind the advertising campaign organised by the SYRIZA government, and various organisations, about asserting individual freedom - choice to use drug substances. They present slavery as "individual choice’s" ‘freedom’, when in daily basis they rip out the collective rights that the working class has gained through hard struggles!

The workers in Commerce held a strike on Sunday, June 24 against the Government of SYRIZA-ANEL attempts to change the workweek, by canceling Sunday as a day for rest for the workers. The Commerce Unions, members of PAME, held a rally in the tourist center of Athens and in other cities, and protested against the multinationals who escalate the attack against the workers.

On Sunday, June 24, a delegation of WFTU, PAME, FISE and local unions visited the migrant workers of the strawberry fields of Manolada.

The workers, who live under very difficult conditions, received material solidarity, necessary items and spoke with the delegation about how to organize against the exploitation by the big farmers of the area.

Communist Party of Greece (KKE) released a statement on the recent agreement between the governments of Greece and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

After years of dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, governments of Greece and FYROM signed an agreement on June 17, deciding on the latter’s new name as “Northern Macedonia”. Talks that were being held since February between the two governments are closely associated with membership of FYROM to NATO and the EU, under reconciliaton of the UN as membership of Macedonia is contiungly rejected by Greece since the status of Macedonia was determined as “prospective member” in 2005. However, crisis seems to continue as the agreement is vetoed by the president of FYROM. Moreover, the recent negotiations caused a great unrest among the Greek people. On February, a mass rally organized by right-wing political parties including neo-nazi Golden Dawn Party was held in Athens, with participation of tens of thousands of Greeks stating “Macedonia is Greece”.

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