Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/752/16129

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 February 2013

Greece: Martial law ends ferry workers' strike

On 5 February the Greek government deployed military-style conscription against striking maritime workers to force an end to their industrial action.

The ferry workers are fighting against wage cuts, job losses and months' long non-payment of salaries.

The industrial action badly effected ferry crossings to Greece's myriad islands. But on the evening of 5 February, the police were mobilised under emergency legislation to break up picket lines.

This draconian 2007 legislation allows the government to rule strikes illegal and to place the workers under 'civil mobilisation'.

Workers are threatened with being forced back to work and face sacking and possible imprisonment. The New Democracy-led government used the same anti-democratic legislation recently against striking Metro workers in Athens.

Austerity

Successive Greek governments have deployed the legislation against workers in essential services since the country's economic crisis began.

It shows the lengths to which the Greek ruling class is prepared to go to force through the programme of the Troika (the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank) in return for financial bailouts - policies that save the big banks and financial institutions but which are impoverishing huge parts of the Greek population.

To stop these attacks on fundamental labour rights, an appeal for the mobilisation of the full might of the wider workers' movement across Greece needed to be made by the trade union leaderships and the Left parties.

Instead, the two main union federations, the GSEE and ADEY, only organised limited regional solidarity action with the maritime workers, on 6 February.

The setback for the ferry workers will only encourage the New Democracy-led government, with support from its coalition partners, the 'social democratic' Pasok and the Democratic Left, to resort again to martial law against the organised workers' movement.

The Greek government's actions should also act as a warning to the working class throughout Europe. To force through deeply unpopular cuts and to defend its profits and interests, the ruling class will use ever more coercive, repressive measures against democratic and union rights, particularly the right to strike.

But through their struggles, which are often difficult and painful, workers will draw conclusions about what to do next.

They will conclude that they need to act together and to coordinate mass action. But the current union leaders resist this.

Therefore workers need to take initiatives from below, to force the unions to take determined action to overturn the government's policies and to drive them out.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 13 February 2013:


Socialist Party NHS campaigning

'Save our A&E' - Defend the NHS

Mid Staffs hospital scandal: Big business culture kills


Socialist Party news and analysis

GCSE U-turn shows all Gove's 'reforms' can be stopped

Smash the blacklist - not the unions!

Victory over 'workfare' sanctions

Horsemeat scandal: good for profit, bad for health

"Fully funded" social care plan - still needed

Them & Us


Socialist Party feature

15 February 2003: A million on the streets to stop the war


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Campaigning against cuts

TUSC: 'No cuts' candidate in Eastleigh

Nottingham: Campaigning for comedy without misogyny

Support the fight for a socialist alternative

Socialist Party 2013 national youth and student meeting


Socialist Party workplace news

Unison region calls for general strike

Care workers fight cuts in pay and conditions

Workplace In Brief


International socialist news and analysis

Greece: Martial law ends ferry workers' strike


Reviews and readers' comments

Low pay + high prices = debt misery

Film review: 'No' - an exercise in rewriting Chile's history

Spielberg's Lincoln by Tony Mulhearn


 

Home   |   The Socialist 13 February 2013   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Greece:

triangleSolidarity with Athens bus cleaners!

triangleFight for a socialist Brexit

triangleHigh Court bombshell on Brexit decision

triangleThe Corbyn insurgency 2.0: Now let's finish the job

triangleUK wage drop as bad as Greece

Strike:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

Union:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

International

International

18/10/17

Hong Kong

Campaign against political repression in Hong Kong

11/10/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

4/10/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia - the people have the right to decide

4/10/17

Catalonia

Eyewitness: Irish socialist MP participates in events

2/10/17

Catalonia

Exemplary resistance by the people of Catalonia

27/9/17

Germany

Germany: Election results in political earthquake

27/9/17

Catalonia

Strike against Madrid's 'state of emergency'!

27/9/17

Germany

German elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

27/9/17

France

French Labour reform protests

25/9/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Student strike called

20/9/17

Myanmar

Brutal repression of Rohingya people sparks massive humanitarian crisis

20/9/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia in the Spanish state

15/9/17

Germany

Berlin hospital strike

13/9/17

Korea

Korean peninsula: is nuclear war likely?

13/9/17

Students

Interview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2