The financial crisis has transformed itself into a generalized attack on labour rights all over Europe. The neo-liberal forces have managed to make use of the crisis as an opportunity for their aggressive plans.
In Greece, the neoliberal policies have managed to destroy labour rights.
The numbers illustrating the current situation show the magnitude of the problem. The abolition of collective bargaining led to wage cuts of up to 40%. Nearly one in three workers in the private sector is paid a net salary of 300 euros (up to 440 euros gross), being engaged in flexible forms of employment (part-time and outsourced employment, job rotation, etc.).
The situation of today’s Greece is a picture from the future of Europe. In an era, where the attack of capital has global characteristics, it is imperative that worker’s resistance not entrenched in geographic boundaries.
Therefore, we declare our full solidarity with the workers in Greece and support the immediate and effective restoration of collective agreements, protection of trade union freedoms and the non-release of collective redundancies.
The above resolution was adopted unanimously from unions and organizations participated at the meeting of Alter Samit on 24 & 25 November. Specifically it was supported by: IG Metal, Verdi, CGT, Solidaires, C.N.E, Commissiones obreras , FIOM, GUE/NGL European Parliament, Die linke, Green Party Germany Les Verts, European Green Party, Attac Germany, DIEM 25 France, Portuguese Platform NO to the Translantic Treaty, Nicos Poulantzas Institute, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Transform.