Approved by the ILPS International Coordinating Group
13 March 2010
Tens of thousands of workers, students, pensioners and people from all walks of life have taken to the streets in more than 60 cities throughout Greece past week to protest the austerity measures announced by the newly-installed PASOK government. These measures strike the people twice over: cuts on salaries and other benefits are implemented and then, new taxes and price hikes are approved under the guidelines of the EU Stability Pact.
The measures include 30% cuts on holiday allowances, 10-30% cuts on the salaries and allowances of public sector employees, freezing of pensions in both the public and private sectors, increases in the VAT and fuel tax, increase in the electricity rate and reduction in public investments and in the education budget.
The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) is one with the broad masses of the Greek working people in condemning the austerity measures being imposed by the EU and implemented by PASOK that punish the poor for the crimes of the rich and fully supports the fierce resistance being put up by the Greek masses to these cruel measures.
Bourgeois governments all over the world have been passing on the burden of the global financial and economic crisis to the working people. While billions of public money have been spent to bail out the big banks and giant corporations that have been responsible for the crisis in the first place, the working people are made to pay for the crisis by being forced to accept wage cuts, reduction in benefits and additional taxes.
The neoliberal policies meant to bring in maximum profits for the capitalists at the expense of the wages and working conditions of the working people that have been implemented by bourgeois governments the past decades have now been exposed as a dead-end. Not only did they fail to solve the recurring crisis of the capitalist system, such policies have brought about the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression.
We call on the people of the world to express their solidarity with the working people of Greece in their just struggle for a better life
We commend the Union of Working People, a founding member of ILPS, for fighting at the forefront with the brave working people of Greece against the all out attacks of the exploiting and oppressing classes.