19 | 09 | 2019

The class unions of Greece responded  to the call of PAME and thousands demonstrated on September 17 against the anti-trade union attack of the new Government of Greece.

The new Government of ND, using the anti-trade union legislation of the SYRIZA Government, wants to impose electronic registry for all union members, thus giving the employers, the police and the state the information of all militants and union members. Also they want to abolish the collective procedures of the unions, by imposing e-voting for all union decisions.

The first massive, united, class response was given by thousands of workers, unemployed, self-employed, young workers, pensioners and women at Thessaloniki with the rally of PAME during the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair, on Saturday, September 7, with the slogan:

«Class, Massive, Unifying Struggle for Contemporary Conditions of Work and Pay – For Life With Rights.»

The demonstration sent a massive, militant response to the anti-workers’ government-EU-capital attack and responded to the ND government’s plans to crack down on the trade union movement.

Intervention of Kostas Papadakis on the anti-communist prosecutions in Poland and Ukraine.

According to the press release that the Group of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in the European Parliament issued on July 25, Kostas Papadakis, MEP of the KKE, made an intervention on the anti-communist prosecutions in Poland and Ukraine in a debate with Commissioner Vĕra Jourová in the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee. Papadakis denounced the Commissioner's unacceptable answers to the relevant questions of the Group of the KKE in the EP and EU's hypocritical interest in “human rights”.

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."

Contribution of the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) in the 15th Meeting of European Communist Youth Organisations

Dear comrades,

On behalf of the CC of KNE, we would like to thank the   Communist  Youth of Austria for hosting the 15th Meeting of  European Communist Youth Organisations (MECYO), for the first time in Austria, as well as its overall contribution to our common cause.

We thank the Communist Youth Organisations of Europe for stably supporting the fight that the KKE and KNE are giving in Greece against the anti-people’s policy of the social-democratic government of SYRIZA, against the bourgeois class and the imperialist associations.

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:

On Sunday 2/6, the 2nd round of the local elections was completed in Greece. In Patras, the communist mayor Kostas Peletidis was reelected with 70.22% of the vote, while in the other 4 municipalities where the candidates of "People's Rally" took part in the 2nd round, despite the high vote percentage (Kaisariani-47.18%, Petroupoli-49.01%, Haidari-46.02%, Ikaria-42.82%), the election of a communist mayor was not achieved.

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.


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.

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