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Donate to aid Greek socialists
WE ARE appealing to all members and supporters of the Socialist Party and readers of The Socialist for a donation to aid the work of our sister party, Xekinima, the Greek section of the Committee for a Workers' International.
Ken Douglas, Socialist Party treasurer
We have all watched the heroic struggles of the Greek workers and youth as they resist the onslaught of cuts imposed by the EU, the IMF and the Papandreou government. As we reported in last week's Socialist, there have been four general strikes in the last five months against attacks such as the 20-25% cuts in public sector wages and soaring unemployment.
But there is an urgent need for a political programme that can take the struggle forward. Xekinima has stood virtually alone in saying that the Greek debt to capitalist banks should not be paid and linking this with the nationalisation of the banks and building a socialist alternative.
Their slogans and material have been taken up eagerly by layers of workers and Xekinima is gaining many new members. However, they are still a relatively small party and urgently need more resources to be able to intervene in all the protests, meetings and demonstrations, which can develop very quickly in the present situation, with leaflets, posters and other material.
Members of Xekinima are also campaigning for a fighting socialist programme in the main left-wing coalition, Syriza. As Peter Taaffe pointed out in last week's Socialist, an explosive social situation is developing in Greece. What is missing is a broad, socialist, fighting workers' party that can act as a mass pole of attraction.
Xekinima is playing a vital part in all these developments and you too can play a part by helping them build their forces.
Can you make a donation of £5, £20, or £50 or more to assist in the struggle? Please donate at www.socialistparty.org.uk/donate, marking your donation clearly as Appeal for Greece, or by phoning 020 8988 8777.
In The Socialist 23 June 2010:
Youth fight for jobs
National Shop Stewards Network
Workplace news and analysis
Socialist Party news and analysis
Socialist Party feature
International socialist news and analysis