Feta and Grape Leaves

Crossposted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

New general strike over Greek austerity program

By ELENA BECATOROS, Forbes

05.11.11, 06:57 AM EDT

The general strike suspended all train and ferry services, grounded flights between noon and 4 p.m. and disrupted Athens public transport. All radio and television news broadcasts were suspended as journalists walked off the job for the day. The Thursday editions of newspapers were not being published, and news websites were not updating their content.



“Every day that passes, (the government) takes back what the working class has won through blood and struggles all these years,” retiree John Pavlidis said.



Greek unions say the protracted austerity, amid a two-year recession and unemployment at around 15 percent, is unfairly targeting the less well-off.

A statement from the country’s largest union, the GSEE, said Wednesday’s strike expresses “strong protest at the unjust and cruel policies that have caused a surge in unemployment … violated labor rights, and squandered public wealth, while failing to insure an exit from recession.”

In Athens’ port of Piraeus, Greece’s biggest, striking ferry electrician Athanassios Sidiropoulos said the government was trying to scrap rights won over the course of decades by working classes.

“All seamen should have pension and healthcare rights, collective labor contracts, healthcare contributions,” he said.

An opinion poll commissioned by the private Mega TV station and published Tuesday said 71 percent of the public oppose the government’s handling of the economic crisis, compared with 66 percent in February.

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3 comments

    • banger on May 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

    It will be interesting to see if alternatives to austerity are suggested. There are alternatives pioneered by Argentina. Personally, the best thing the Greeks can do is give a big finger to EU and IMF it is time to dismantle the vastly outdated international financial arrangements starting with taxes, internationally applied, on speculation and currency trading. We need to drastically scale back the globalization program not because it is “bad” because it was useful for a time, but because it does not meet the real needs of society any more. We are in a different historical moment and we need major reform.

    I think a new localism and “letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend…” may be the order of the day. We need societies to try a variety of solutions rather than the one-size-fits-all rules (favoring the financial elites) that are currently in force. To put it another way, imperialism must be smashed by asserting local autonomy. It will be opposed by the oligarchs but once enough people do oppose it it will probably unravel since, I think even the oligarchs are beginning to understand, the globalization regime is unsustainable without major repressions.  

  1. to Greece or Iceland in a heartbeat, if they’d have me, because people there are willing to fight back (also because of their amazing cultures-music, art, and yes,  food) and because there’s hope for change in those places, while there’s none in the US.  Mexico, where I live,  has an entrenched oligarchy, much like the US’s–more in the open, in a way.  The difference being that Mexico isn’t running around the world shooting anyone, nor is it ever likely to do so– it’s constitutionally prohibited from foreign wars.  

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