Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Solidarity campaign to support the people of Greece

The people of Greece face an unprecedented economic and political crisis. They are being driven to poverty and mass unemployment by the demands of the so-called Troika.

Hospitals in Greece are running out of medicines, nearly half of all young people are unemployed, workers in some sectors have not been paid for months, the living conditions of pensioners are being severely attacked, and many people are forced to resort to soup kitchens or scavenge from rubbish dumps.

Now the Troika demands a cut of 23% to the minimum wage, the sacking of tens of thousands of public sector workers and further cuts to pensions which have already lost nearly 50% of their value. International capital is asset stripping an entire country and ripping apart its social fabric.

Greece is at the cutting edge of the austerity measures that are being introduced across Europe. All the evidence shows that while these measures may protect the interests of the rich, they just make matters worse for the majority of the population.

What happens in Greece today we will see in Portugal tomorrow and in Ireland the day after. In Britain, the coalition government is pursuing similar measures which will see workers' earnings reduced, see them working longer for a smaller pension, and the NHS dismantled, along with other public services.

Mikis Theodorakis, famous Greek composer of Zorba's Dance, and Manolis Glezos, veteran resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation, have issued a call for a European Front to defend the people of Greece and all those facing austerity. We have decided to support this call and work with trade unions, campaigns and parties across Europe to establish a European Solidarity Campaign to defend the people of Greece. We will organise solidarity and raise practical support for the people of Greece; they cannot be made to pay for a crisis for which they are not responsible.

Tony Benn

Len McCluskey General secretary, Unite

Mark Serwotka General secretary, PCS

Bob Crow General secretary, RMT

Billy Hayes General secretary, CWU

Michelle Stanistreet General secretary, NUJ

Manuel Cortes General secretary, TSSA

Matt Wrack General secretary, FBU

Christine Blower General secretary, NUT

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Caroline Lucas MP

John McDonnell MP

Andrew Burgin Secretary, Coalition of Resistance

Romayne Phoenix Chair, Coalition of Resistance

Imran Khan Co-chair, People's Charter

John Hendy Co-chair, People's Charter

Frank Cooper President, National Pensioners Convention

Tariq Ali

Owen Jones

Lee Jasper Black Activists Rising Against Cuts

Paul Mackney Vice-chair, Coalition of Resistance

James Meadway Senior economist, New Economics Foundation

Kate Hudson

Lindsey German

Rachel Newton Convenor, People's Charter

Sean Rilla Razka President-elect, ULU

Pete Murry Green party trade union group

Peter Allen Convenor, Green Left

Patrick Sikorski RMT

Chris Bambery

Clare Solomon Co-editor Springtime: The New Student Rebellions

Cherry Sewell Coalition of Resistance

Cat Boyd Chair, Coalition of Resistance Glasgow


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