First general strike in Greece against the conservative government of Mitsotakis

Mitsotakis announces its program gubernamentalLa defeat of the left forces Tsipras to moderate his discursoMitsotakis is sworn in as Greek prime minister less t

First general strike in Greece against the conservative government of Mitsotakis
Mitsotakis announces its program gubernamentalLa defeat of the left forces Tsipras to moderate his discursoMitsotakis is sworn in as Greek prime minister less than 24 hours after the election

In protest against various measures included in a bill designed to facilitate investments and stimulate the economic growth of Greece, the union ADEDY which represents the public officials of the country (half a million people approximately) has convened for Tuesday a general strike that supports the communist trade union PAME and the associations working class of Athens and the Piraeus.

The country will see as there will be no maritime transport at all the day, while the service of public transport and railways will be affected, in some cases with reduced services. To the strike have joined the teaching staff of the colleges and public hospitals (that will work with minimum services), as well as the workers in the banking sector and other professions.

The protest will be made against a series of articles that will change the way you call a strike (using electronic voting), the operation of the trade unions in enterprises, the implementation of collective agreements in some cases (in loss-making enterprises for example) and the creation of a register of trade unions. This will entail a radical change in labour issues, the unions themselves relate to a loss of power and an attempt to move to be controlled. For its part, the government believes are necessary reforms, whose goal is to attract more and better investment in the country and in this way achieve higher economic growth and better jobs for the greeks. Something that was part of the electoral promises of the new prime minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis and we did get the win with a parliamentary majority.

The government's decision to break the mold from the unions, accustomed during many years to have control over the strikes and the negotiations of collective agreements. And it is clear that will continue to fight for what they could lose, as shown by the trade union of seafarers, HAVE. It appeals to all its members and sailors from all ports of the country to fight against the project of law to defend the strike with all his forces, both with the strike of today and in the future.

For their part, the confederations of the teaching staff insists that the weaken with this bill the trade union movement "makes it easier for the government to take measures against the workers and reduce their labour rights", insisting that "we will not allow this. The trade unions they can regulate and safeguard its internal functioning on the basis of democratic processes and participatory, which are decided by the decisions of their organs."

Updated Date: 24 Eylül 2019, 20:03

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