Sunday, July 22, 2012

Call for international solidarity for Greek Steelworkers' Strike

This morning, at approximately 5.30 am,  and after the issuing of a warrant for the termination of the heroic Steelworkers' Strike, in Aspropyrgos, Attica, riot police forces attacked the strikers, arresting six workers who were safeguarding the strike site, and molesting members of the Communist Party of Greece and the Coalition of the Radical Left who were on site. They subsequently allowed a small number of scabs and office managers to enter the factory, resuming work. This action took place despite the fact that the majority of the workers had recently decided for a continuation of the strike. This violent and dictatorial attempt to put an end to the longest workers' strike in Greek history (263 days as of today) has been the culmination of months of employer-encouraged attempts to isolate, sabotage, slander and in every way undermine the living symbol of Greek popular resistance against capitalist barbarity and naked exploitation in the country, under the auspices of the Greek Government, the IMF, the EU, and the European Central Bank.

All the parties of the Greek Left, with the ignominious exception of the class traitors of the so-called "Democratic Left" that has joined forces with the corrupt plutocracy that rules the country with an iron fist, have made statements of protest and are organizing immediate demonstrations starting today.

We call on all the Progressive Forces globally --workers, unemployed, underpaid, precarious laborers, pensioners, women, immigrants-- to support and show solidarity for the beating heart of the European workers' movement: the Steelworkers of Greece Strike. By agitating, demonstrating, protesting against what is taking place in Greece, calling on their governments to protest the utter annihilation of basic working rights within the European Union, in a so-called "advanced" country of the west.

Funds are also sorely needed by the long-unemployed workers, who are currently being blackmailed to return to work or stay fired.

The Greek Steelworkers' strike Bank Account information is as follows:

National Bank of Greece
IBAN: GR4001102000000020062330152
BIC or Swift Code : ETHNGRAA ( Bank Idendifier Code )
Name of Bank Account Owner (on behalf of the strikers): Liakos Dimitris

For English-language information, please visit the All Workers Miltant Front, at this address: Please disseminate as widely as possible.

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