Greece Tensions Escalate As Labor Unions Call For Two Day General Strike On June 28-29 To Celebrate Austerity Vote
The last time Greece had a full day strike was a week ago on June 15, when labor unions decided to cut another 0.15% from Greek GDP by doing absolutely nothing, and events on Syntagma square reached the highest level of violence so far in 2011. And unfortunately for the Troica, Greece seems to have realized that the best way to make sure the bailout program craters is by continuing to miss all IMF output and production targets. As a result, as Athens News reports, "according to the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) and the civil servants' umbrella federation Adedy, the 48-hour strike is an escalation of their recent industrial action comprising 24-hour nationwide strikes in protest of the medium-term programme. A main demonstration will be held on Tuesday, June 28, at the Pedion tou Areos park in central Athens at 11am, while on Wednesday another demonstration will be held in downtown Klafthmonos Square." As a reminder June 28, is the far more critical Greece austerity vote, which unlike the vote of confidence in G-Pap, already has several PASOK members saying they will vote against it.
A GSEE announcement said the central demands include rejection of the measures contained "in the mid-term programme and the memorandums 1 and 2" and "rejection of austerity, halting the climate of layoffs and rising unemployment, the imposition of respect and implementation of the collective labour agreements and halting the sell-off of public utilities and state organisations".
Adedy, in its own statement, accused the government and the troika of following a "destructive path" for the workers and society and called on civil servants to participate in the strike in order to obstruct the ratification of the medium-term programme and the new anti-popular measures.
The now open warfare between labor unions and bankers is about to get real.
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