Monday 5th November 2012
The decision by unions in Greece, Italy, Portugal, the Spanish state, southern Cyprus and Malta to call a one-day general strike as part of a European-wide day of action against austerity is unprecedented.
Greek translation below
It provides a magnificent opportunity to link up the mass resistance to cuts and attacks on workers’ rights that has been developing throughout Europe over the last two years. It also reflects the pressure by rank and file trade unionists on their leaderships to accelerate the fight back.
Not since the 1930s has a crisis on such a scale been seen. The vicious austerity programmes imposed by the Troika have ravaged millions of lives. Public services are on the point of collapsing altogether in Greece and are heading that way in Spain and Portugal. Wages have been forced down by 20 percent in most of the public sector; the numbers living below the poverty line are steadily ...