17 | 07 | 2019

Image: KKEImage: KKEEarly general elections were held in Greece on 7 July 2019, in which the Communist Party of Greece received 300,000 votes and 5.3%, with the re-election of 15 MPs to the Greek Parliament. This result was achieved in conditions of the change of the correlation of forces amongst the bourgeois parties, a generalized trend towards increasing conservatism, blackmail, disillusionment that had been sowed by the anti-people political line of the "left" SYRIZA government.

The conservative party of ND came first with 39.8% and popular discontent was expressed towards the SYRIZA government, which received 31.5%.

KINAL, the continuation of old social-democracy in Greece, entered the new parliament with 8.1%, the nationalist-racist party "Greek Solution" with 3.7% and the other social-democratic party MERA25 with 3.4% also entered parliament. In contrast, 16 parties did not pass the election threshold of 3%, including the criminal fascist organization of Golden Dawn whose vote shrunk significantly to 2.9%.

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) held a massive rally in Athens for the elections of July 7. According to the Party, the huge rally held in Syntagma Square sent "a clear and decisive message of militant resurgence and optimism for the battle being waged up until the last moment before the elections July 7th to strengthen the KKE." The GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, noted, "Every next government of anti-people management will be the same and worse than the previous one. This is because it builds upon the anti-people framework that is already in place and reinforces it. Within this new anti-popular scenario, there is one and only one issue. The need for the KKE to be strong so we can fight even more powerfully, more decisively within the Parliament but also in the labor unions, the workplaces, the neighborhoods, the schools and universities. To struggle for what we need, for that which the people create but also that which is robbed from us by a series of reactionary laws that are in place and will continue to be so."

Workers in tourism sector and hotels in Greece, with unity and solidarity, are organized against the acute problems they face every day. Organized in their trade union, they launched a strike on June 19.

Among them, workers in large business groups, such as Marriot, Hilton Hotels and Vivartia food sector, demand:

The Gas Workers’ Union issued a statement on their recent 10-day strike. The announcement notes:

«We are getting stronger from the strike, we remain alert after a big strike of 12 days, claiming a direct employment relationship with open-ended contracts at the Natural Gas Company, following previous mobilizations that began in 2017.

The Ministry of Environment and Energy and the DEPA Company have failed to meet their commitments to meet the fair demand for permanent and stable work for all, with upgraded, equal rights. What workers have received is mockery.”

More than 1000 bank employees have been on strike the last 3 days in Piraeus Bank against the bank’s decision to call for the closure of specific branches.

The Union of Banks’ and Finance Employees of Athens, an affiliate of PAME and WFTU has called the employees to respond to the antiworkers plans of the bank with escalation of the struggle.

SOLIDARITY WITH WORKERS IN THE PUBLIC GAS COMPANY

Federations and Regional Trade Unions across the country support the just struggle of the workers in the Public Gas Company (DEPA) that are employed through contractors, for permanent and stable job.

The liberalization of the energy market, which is being promoted by both the current government and New Democracy, not only obliges workers’ households to pay more and more into the pocket, but also increases the exploitation of the workers from the dozens of “modern slavery” contractor companies, that do not recognize a series of workers rights.

Dear colleagues, on behalf of the Executive Secretariat of PAME , the class trade unions of Greece, we wish to thank the Presidential Council of  WFTU, the members and friends of the World Federation of Trade Unions  for their solid support and solidarity over the years to the workers of Greece. In particular, we would like to thank you for the great honor of being here today with us, on the 20th anniversary of the foundation of PAME.

We Continue Steady And Class Oriented
For A Workers Movement Emancipated From The Employers And The Government 
For Trade Unions Organisers Of The Struggle
For Our Current Needs   

Creation of Need

It was April 3, 1999 when, with the great initiative taken by Federations, regional Trade Unions, Trade Unions, Unionists, was formed the All Workers Militant Front (PAME), the class-oriented pole within the workers movement. It was the response to the parasitic action of employers’ and government led unionism, which quickly adapted to the demands of the monopolies to serve competitiveness, to the promotion of European Union directives, to the hammering of working time, social security, the transformation of trade unions into enterprises , co-managers of the capitalist economy, in the social partnership. From the start inside the great struggles for which it was formed, against the NATO murderers in the Balkans, stopping trains and ships with their lethal cargo, against the governments of Simitis, which made our country the base of the imperialists, as is done today by the SYRIZA government.

On Tuesday, February 26, PAME held a Press Conference for the Developments in the Greek Trade Union Movement.

The Press Conference was held at the city of Kalamata, where is to take place the 37th Congress of the GSEE and started with the question.

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