Category: Syriza
KKE statement on Tsipras-Zaev meeting: “The combat against irredentism requires FYROM’s constitution to be amended”
worker | January 25, 2018 | 8:00 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Syriza | Comments closed

Thursday, January 25, 2018

KKE statement on Tsipras-Zaev meeting: “The combat against irredentism requires FYROM’s constitution to be amended”
“The meeting between Tsipras- Zaev and the statements that followed confirm that the general established set, focusing on the accession of the neighboring country in NATO and the EU, the so-called Euroatlantic integration in western Balkans and the bankrupted practice of nomenclature, cannot guarantee a solution for the benefit of our people, for the people of the neighboring country (FYROM) and the people of the region” writes a statement of the Communist Party of Greece regarding yesterday’s meeting between the Prime Ministers of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Davos.
According to the statement issued by the Press Office of the CC of the KKE, “the truth that both Mr. Tsipras and Mr.Zaev hid from the people during yesterday’s meeting” is that “within this process, nationalism meets cosmopolitanism, the same problems afficting the people are recycled, the plans of large monopoly interests are promoted and competitions between the USA, NATO, EU and Russia are fueled, sharpening the situation in the Balkans and the broader region”.
The KKE statement also underlines that “mr.Tsipras hid that nationalisms which afficted and continue afficting the people of the Balkans were incited by the USA, NATO and the EU, the plans of which the SYRIZA-ANEL government, like a flag-bearer, has assumed to promote”.
The KKE “calls the Greek people and the people of the region to strengthen their struggle against the imperialist plans, against NATO and the EU, against foreign military bases in the region”, underlining that “the combat against irredentism is important and requires the change of FYROM’s constitution, the explicit preservation of the borders and the prevention of agitation of any nationalist aspirations”.
Regarding the discussion regarding the name, the KKE stands firm in its position for a compound name that will include the term “Macedonia” or its derivatives, with a strictly geographical determination, for all uses. Such as solution, writes the KKE statement, “requires the settlement of all the above issues”.
Source: / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
Αναφορικά με τη συζήτηση για το όνομα, το ΚΚΕ, πιστεύει ότι «το όνομα με σύνθετη ονομασία που θα περιέχει το όνομα Μακεδονία ή παράγωγά του, με αυστηρό γεωγραφικό προσδιορισμό, προϋποθέτει την επίλυση όλων των παραπάνω προβλημάτων και βεβαίως ξεκαθάρισμα πως πρόκειται για ένα όνομα για όλες τις χρήσεις, χωρίς “ήξεις- αφήξεις”».
Yes Man: Eurogroup’s Dijsselbloem admits that “with Tsipras almost everything has been easier”
worker | January 15, 2018 | 10:03 pm | Greece, Syriza | Comments closed

Monday, January 15, 2018

Yes Man: Eurogroup’s Dijsselbloem admits that “with Tsipras almost everything has been easier”
“Feel like home”. PM Tsipras welcomes Jeroen Dijssebloem.
The outgoing Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem admitted something that everybody knew: The fact that the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government of Alexis Tsipras was easily submitted to the demands of the creditors thus doing the “dirty job” on behalf of the capital by imposing new harsh antipeople-antiworkers’ measures.
In an interview with the “Financial Times” on Friday, the former Dutch finance minister talked about the shambolic negotiations with the Tsipras government in the first half of 2016, as well as his tenuous relations with Yanis Varoufakis, then Greece’s finance minister, generated immediate reverberations in Athens.

“Prime Minister (Alexis) Tsipras and, of course, (current Greek finance minister) Euclid Tsakalotos, have completely changed the relationship with the European partners. Almost everything has been easier since … it’s a completely different situation,” he was quoted by FT as saying.

Hands Off the Right of Strike: Militant demonstrations across Greece against Government, EU and Capitalists
worker | January 12, 2018 | 7:17 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Greece, PAME, Syriza | Comments closed

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hands Off the Right of Strike: Militant demonstrations across Greece against Government, EU and Capitalists
Militant strike demonstrations took place earlier on Friday in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities in Greece, as thousands of workers gave a decisive response against the antipeople-antiworkers’ plans of the government, the EU and the big capital.
In Athens, the demonstrators gathered at Omonoia square and marched through the center’s major streets. The KKE General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas attended the rally, while the demonstrators announced a resolution regarding the prosecution of the palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi by the Israeli authorities.
The All-Workers Militant Front (PAME), which leads powerful class-oriented trade unionist activities against the new bill submitted in the Parliament by the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government, commented:
PAME welcomes the workers who went on strike across Greece and defied employers’ intimidations and pressures in the workplaces. The workers who overcame the undermining of the strike by the unions controlled by the employers and the government. The workers who massively participated in the strike rallies Regional Trade Union Centers, National Federations and Industrial Unions, against the new antiworkers’ measures of the SYRIZA-ANEL Government that were submitted to Parliament today.
With today’s strike, a clear message was sent that we will not Surrender our trade union rights and freedoms and the right to strike to the employers and their state.
PAME’s big strike demonstrations across Greece were the continuation of the militant actions of the last period. They were massive and militant mobilizations against the antiworkers’ government, which along with the other bourgeois political parties have voted the memorandums, against the dirty role of their forces in the trade union movement. That’s why they attacked with lies against PAME, against the class-oriented movement.
Anti-workers measures are prerequisites for the growth of their profits and needs, for the capitalist development. That is why the capitalists directed the measures to be brought by the government as “long-term demands of the business community”, demanding them to vote in favour of the bill. Together with them are their people in the trade union movement, the right hand of the bosses. GSEE-ADEDY-members of the ETUC in Greece – fought furiously against the proposals for strike, they made every effort in order to pass the bill in silence without any resistance. Today, they did no tstrike and went to work.
We continue our fight! We will not stop!
On Monday 15/1 day of voting in the Parliament, PAME calls workers, unemployed, retired, youth in big Demonstration.
KKE: “Syriza and New Democracy compete with each other on who is the best executioner of the workers’ rights”
worker | January 11, 2018 | 7:24 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Greece, Labor, Syriza | Comments closed

Thursday, January 11, 2018

KKE: “Syriza and New Democracy compete with each other on who is the best executioner of the workers’ rights”
“The New Democracy party, apparently being perplexed as long as the SYRIZA-ANEL government has taken its job, bids in anti-worker proposals and competes with SYRIZA on who is the best executioner of the workers’ rights” writes, among other things, a recent statement of the Press Office of the CC of the KKE. 
Earlier, in a statement, the centre-right opposition party of New Democracy (ND) had expressed disagrements with some of the provisions of the new antiworkers’ bill forwarded by the government. However, ND agrees on the new law’s amendment which actually tries to abolish the right of the workers to strike. 
It must be noted that according to the new governmental bill, in order for a grass-root trade-union to declare a strike, 50% of the enrolled members should agree with it. Furthermore, it is a measure that the government intends to approve under the pretext of “democracy”, when at the same time in the workplaces the terrorism of the bosses rules supreme, the danger of layoffs for participating in a demonstration is imminent, especially in conditions where unemployment looms reaching particularly high rates.
“We are witnessing a competition between SYRIZA and ND on who can better implement a policy which is against the biggest achievement of the working class, the right to strike, to struggle, to claim her rights” said Giannis Giokas, KKE MP and member of the Party’s Central Committee, during a radio interview. 
PM Alexis Tsipras with opposition
leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Giokas also underlined that, in fact, the amendment prohibits the workers’ right to strike at primary union level where employers’ terrorism has created a condition of labour jungle. 
Talking during a live TV program, the KKE politburo member Nikos Sofianos underlined that “this government does the dirty job that even New Democracy couldn’t dare to do” and added: “On Monday night, SYRIZA, ND and other parties will vote together the bill which abolishes the right to strike”. 
Calling the people to participate in the strike of January 12th, as well as in other militant activities against the new laws, Sofianos said that “the government sows the wind and will reap the whirlwind, as far as it carries out a series of ‘contracts’, putting the people against the wall in collaboration with the EU and the industrialists”. 
Question of the KKE in the European Parliament about the prosecution of palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi
worker | January 10, 2018 | 7:53 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Israel, Palestinian struggle for equality, Syriza | Comments closed

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Question of the KKE in the European Parliament about the prosecution of palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi
The delegation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) at the European Parliament denounced the provocative prosecution of the 16 year-old palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi by the Israeli authorities and submitted a question to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
In his question to F.Mogherini, the KKE MEP Kostas Papadakis mentioned that Israel escalates its aggressiveness, through the recent provocative arrest of the 16 year-old palestinian Ahed Tamimi and the 12 charges filled against her by the Israeli court because she scuffled with Israel soldiers in the West Bank. Papadakis added that before the incident, the occupational israeli forces had shoot Tamimi’s 14 year-old cousin and had invaded her house.
“At the same time”, said the KKE MEP, “the raids of israeli fighter aircrafts continue at the Gaza strip, the expansion of the settlements as well as the injuries and murders against the palestinian people, in the aftermath of the unacceptable decision of the USA to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the transfer of the US embassy there”.
“Both the EU and the SYRIZA-ANEL government” Papadakis underlined, “are accomplices to the continuous crime against the Palestinian people, as long as they not only maintain, but also upgrade their relations with the state of Israel with agreements like the one signed for the Eastmed pipeline, in the name of “stability in the region” and for the interests of the monopolies they serve.”
Based on the above, the KKE MEP asks the EU’s High Representative:
– Whether of not she denounces the arrest of the 16 year-old palestinian girl and the escalation of the aggressiveness by the israeli state?
– What actions is she going to undertake in order to ask her immediate release?
Source: / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
Workers in Greece respond with new nationwide strike to the antipeople policy of SYRIZA government
worker | January 4, 2018 | 7:18 pm | Greece, Labor, PAME, Syriza | Comments closed

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Workers in Greece respond with new nationwide strike to the antipeople policy of SYRIZA government
The Greek Government of SYRIZA (which is in alliance with the far-right ANEL party) prepares the escalation of the attack against the workers and the popular strata of Greece.
The last memorandum with its new prerequisites leads to a new round of attack against the life of the working-people families, as over the next few months the government is to complete a massive amount of anti-peoples’ measures so as to declare the supposed “end of the memorandums”. Measures already agreed with the EU-IMF-ECB and which are demanded by the industrialists, ship-owners, the bankers etc, since they serve their competitiveness and profits.
The “end of the memorandums” described by the government, is based on the countless antiworkers laws of the previous years that have come to stay, as well as on the continuous measures that the SYRIZA-ANEL government carries out every three months. The “end of the memorandums” which the government declares in its fiestas across Greece are empty words, with only purpose to put the workers to sleep.
The recovery of the economy promised by the government means further intensification of the exploitation to create attractive environment for all kinds of “investors”.
As much as the government claims that there is “light in the end of the tunnel” for the people, reality denies it. Their plans to ban the right to go on strike, to mute every voice that complains, demands and struggles, only confirms the commitments that the Government has made to the industrialists, the shipowners, the big business groups.
Antiworkers measures and oppression go hand in hand!
The imposition of anti-peoples’ policies goes hand in hand with the intensification of authoritarianism and repression. They try to stop the struggles of the working class. They want to raise obstacles and put restrictions on trade union action of the workers. They want to put their hands on the unions.
With a recent government law, the action of those who resist auctions (the confiscation of indebted workers’ houses by the banks), those who protest, those who are trying to prevent this injustice, is criminalized, as the struggle to protect the workers’ homea is considered a felony!
This is a decisive step for the complete elimination of the strike right, when already under the current legislation framework, today in Greece 90% of the strikes are called illegal and abusive. The aim of the Government is to weaken and disarm the workers’ movement, the trade unions, to deliver the workers slaves and disorganized to the appetites of the business groups.
The government chooses to strike the working class at the primary level of organization, within the enterprise, the factory, where intimidations are stronger with threats and pressures. Inside where the exploitation is born, the area that is the source of profitability.
The right to strike is non-negotiable! Our class has conquered it with countless sacrifices and blood! We will not allow to anyone to touch it!
Behind the smiles of PM Alexis Tsipras and
Minister of Labour Effie Achtsioglou, a fierce
attack on workers’ rights is underway.
The last developments also revealed the black coalition of the Greek government and the capitalists with certain forces within the trade unions. In the proposal of PAME for workers’ response to the new measures with National General Strike, the GSEE and ADEDY (members of ETUC in Greece) refused!
The same forces made whatever they could a few weeks before to undermine the General Strike of December 14. They do everything to prevent the organization of demands in the workplace. They cultivate defeatism and send the workers away from the trade unions.
With their attitude, they not only help and support the government, by giving space and time for a series of reactionary, anti-workers’ reforms to pass without resistance, but they also prove their full agreement and identification, to the demands of the industrialists and the big capitalists, their alliance with all the parties that support the system of exploitation.
We call the workers and their unions to take the situation in their hands. To strengthen the struggle, with action and initiatives in the industries and the workplaces. To strengthen mass procedures, their General Assemblies, meetings.
We call on the Regional Labor Centers and the National Federations to take decisions for General Strike when the government brings bil with the antiworkers measures to the Parliament.
We are fighting and demanding
The reestablishment of minimum wage on the levels it was before. The reestablishment of Sectoral and Branch Level Collective Contracts. Increases in wages, pensions and social benefits, to recover the losses, and basic needs.
To put an end to all antiworkers’ laws and measures, the memorandums.
No house of working-class families falls into the hands of a banker.
Stop constant taxing
We are fighting because we have to defend our only weapon, our right to strike, organization, collective struggle and action.
We fight because we do not tolerate employers’ intimidations and repression in the workplace!
We fight to strengthen the struggles against privatizations, against the delivery of public wealth to business groups.
Every factory and place of work, each neighborhood to become the core of action and resistance, so that not only the new measures will not pass, but also with our struggle the previous ones to be abolished.
No worker, no unemployed person should be fooled and believe that the attack will stop, that someone else will stop it for us. Only the organized class struggle of the working people can overturn this situation.
We have the power, the right! Everybody in the fight!
PAME denounces the persecution of palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi by the state of Israel
worker | January 2, 2018 | 7:24 pm | Israel, Palestinian struggle for equality, PAME, police terrorism, Syriza | Comments closed

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

PAME denounces the persecution of palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi by the state of Israel
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, 16.
The Youth Secretariat of the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) denounces the murderer-state of Israel, which, once again revealed its barbarous face by arresting and imprisoning young children simply because they are defending their homes.
The arrest and charging with 12 accusations against 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, from an Israeli military court, is one more proof for all those who, together with the USA and Israel, talk about “Democracy and Freedom,” and imposing their “right” with military courts, imprisonment and murder of young children. 
It is a proof against the SYRIZA-ANEL government, which speaks of Peace and stability in the region, and builds relations with murderer states like Israel, which imprisons and murders young children, while the SYRIZA-ANEL Government continues to refrain from recognizing the Palestinian state.
The imprisonment of 16-year-old Palestinian is an attack against any young person struggling for his right to education, to work. It is an attack on the right of every young person to live in his country without imperialist interventions and wars.
The struggle of the Palestinian people for their children to live freely, in their own state with East Jerusalem as capital, is also a struggle for the young workers of Greece.
We express our solidarity with the Palestinian youth struggling against Israeli occupation and demand the immediate release of the 16-year-old and her family. We are strengthening our Solidarity with the Palestinian people
Youth Secretariat of PAME.