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Decisive step to escalate the struggle
On the occasion of the militant celebration of Labour Day, the message “No to 10-hour work, hands off the trade unions, measures for people’s health” was loudly heard in the strike rallies that took place in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Piraeus, and dozens of other large cities in Greece.
Valsamos Syrigos, secretary of the Federation of Construction Workers and member of the Executive Committee of All Workers’ Militant Front (PAME), spoke in the rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens and stressed the following: “We will continue the struggle every day starting from today, we have a lot of work to do, to overthrow the plans of the employers in order not to become slaves, to get rid of all the anti-labour arsenal that they created all the previous years. We want stable permanent working hours, a 6-hour working day, 5-day and 30-hour work week; we want to live the life we deserve”.
The workers with their mass presence highlighted that in 2021 all preconditions exist for the meeting of their contemporary needs. For permanent and stable work, with reduced working hours and more free time. For wages, pensions and a health system addressing their needs. The 10-hour working day legislation and the effort to hinder trade union action by the government so that no one raises their voice is a historical affront for all the workers in Greece, 135 years after the strike in Chicago for the 8-hour working day.
The GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumbas, attended the mass strike rally of PAME and stressed the following to the press:
“Following a decade of continuous anti-labour measures by the ND, PASOK, and SYRIZA governments, the current government strikes a crushing blow to workers’ rights. We are all present here today and stand united because we struggle to abolish all the anti-labour laws of the ND, PASOK, and SYRIZA governments; because we deny to work 10 hours; because this monstrous bill must not be introduced; because we defend the trade union action and freedom of all workers”.