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The class criterion and the workers’-people’s struggle against the plans of the bourgeois classes

The SYRIZA-ANEL government has frequently and justly been accused of being two-faced, of adventurism, ofdemagogy, of consciously deceiving the people. However, in one thing it has demonstrated stability and consistency: in the promotion of the interests of the Greek monopolies. This is the conclusion that can be drawn from the raft of anti-people measures that was recently passed in Parliament by the government bloc, including amongst other things:

A major reduction in pensions and the increase of the taxation of workers’-people’s families, privatizations, the abolition of the Sunday holiday, freeing up of mass dismissals for the big capitalist businesses, legislation of new obstacles for strikes, the consolidation of all the anti-workers laws concerning collective labour agreements that have been passed since  2011, and the creation of new obstacles for the signing of collective labour agreements, reduction of taxation for big businesses and other measures to support capital.

The political line being implemented against the working class, the popular strata also manifests itself in the foreign policy of the SYRIZA-ANEL government, with its basic line being the geostrategic enhancement of the role of the Greek bourgeois class, the promotion of the interests and profits of the major monopoly groups.

On this class basis, the SYRIZA-ANEL government works in the direction of transforming Greece into an energy and transit hub in the framework of the strengthening of the economic-commercial relations between China and the EU.

This was the purpose of the recent trip of the Prime minister, A. Tsipras, to China and his participation in the «Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation» (14-15 May), a summit which aimed to advance the strategic interests of Chinese monopolies in Asia, Europe and further afield.

It should be noted that a section of the contemporary “Silk Road” are the existing Chinese investments in Greece, such as the investment of the multinational “Cosco” in the port of Piraeus, as well as other future plans of China for Greece, which are in harmony with the plans of the Greek bourgeois class to transform Greece into a hub for the transport of commodities and energy. Of course all these “ambitions” of the domestic bourgeoisie not only have nothing to do with the interests of the workers, but also entangle the Greek people in very serious dangers, as they are connected with the competition of the monopoly groups and the inter-imperialist antagonisms.

At the meeting, Alexis Tsipras presented specific proposals for Greece’s participation in this plan, to the benefit of sections of domestic capital which will do business with Chinese companies  in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy…

In conclusion, we should stress that the efforts of the Greek bourgeois class, of the bourgeois classes in other countries and their political representatives, the liberal and social-democratic parties, for capitalist growth is based on a continuously escalating offensive against the workers’-people’s rights and an intensification of the inter-imperialist contradictions.

In these conditions, the response of the working class must be decisive:

To examine the developments on the basis of class criteria, fighting against the plans of the bourgeois class, to struggle independently and in alliance with the popular strata for goals that satisfy the workers’-people’s needs and to build a social alliance in a direction that strengthens the antimonopoly-anticapitalist struggle for workers’ power, the construction of a society that does not have profit as its criterion but the satisfaction of the expanding social needs, the socialist society.


Article of the International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE