Thursday, May 06, 2010

Greek Worker Struggle - Anarchist Statement

Greece is a test case for the social dismantling that awaits us all. This policy is being enacted by all the institutional parties, by every government and by all of globalised capitalism's institutions. There is only one way to hold back this policy of barbaric capitalism: popular direct action, to widen the strike movement and increase the number of demonstrations all across Europe. ---- SOLIDARITY WITH THE GREEK WORKERS' STRUGGLE! The Greek working class is angry, and with good reason, with the attempt to load responsibility for the bankruptcy of the Greek State onto their shoulders. We maintain instead that it is the international financial institutions and the European Union who are responsible. The financial institutions have plunged the world, and Greece in particular, into an economic and social crisis of historical proportions, forcing countries into debt, and now these same institutions are complaining that certain States risk not being able to repay their debts.

We denounce this hypocrisy and say that even if Greece - and all the other countries - can repay the debt, they should not do so: it is up to those responsible for the crisis - the financial institutions, not the - to pay for the damage caused by this crisis. The Greek workers are right to refuse to pay back their country's debt. We refuse to pay for their crisis!

Instead, let us shift the capitalists into the firing line: Greek capital generates some of the biggest profit margins in Europe due to its investments in the poorer Balkan countries, the absence of social protections, collective guarantees and a minimum wage for Greek workers, not to mention the country's gigantic black economy in labour and an even greater exploitation of immigrant work. Greek capital is also very lightly taxed, due to the weakness of the State (with regard to the rich) and major corruption which permits fraud and tax evasion on a massive scale. So it is equally up to Greek capitalists to pay for this crisis.

We also denounce the attitude of the European Union. The EU was presented to us as a supposed guarantee of peace and solidarity between the peoples, but now it is showing its true face - that of acting as an unconditional prop for neoliberalism, in a complete denial of the notion of democracy. As soon as an economy becomes mired in difficulties, all pretence of solidarity evaporates. So we see Greece being scolded and accused of laxity, with insulting language bordering on racism. The "Europe which protects us" that liberals and social-democrats extolled at the time of the scandalous forced adoption of the Lisbon Treaty (particularly in France and Ireland) now seems a long way away.

As far as actual protection goes, the EU and the financial institutions have combined their efforts to frog-march Greece towards the forced dismantling of public services, through austerity plans that recall the "Stuctural Adjustment Plans" of the IMF: the non-replacement of staff, wage freezes, privatisations and VAT increases. Today the EU is demanding that the retirement age be moved back to 67, not only in Greece but also in other countries, and is also threatening to dismantle the social welfare system. In this way they are opening new markets for investors, while guaranteeing the assets of rich investors, to the detriment of the basic interests of the working class. It is a Europe of the ruling class, and one which we must all work together to oppose.

This is why we call for participation throughout Europe in solidarity initiatives with the Greek working class and with future victims of the onslaught of the banks.

Against the values of greed and rapacity that the European Union is based on, let us respond with class solidarity! Greece is a test case for the social dismantling that awaits us all. This policy is being enacted by all the institutional parties, from out-and-out bourgeois to liberals and social democrats, by every government and by all of globalised capitalism's institutions. There is only one way to hold back this policy of barbaric capitalism: popular direct action, to widen the strike movement and increase the number of demonstrations all across Europe.
Solidarity with the Greek workers' struggle!

Alternative Libertaire (France)
Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (Italy)
Organisation Socialiste Libertaire (Switzerland)
Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (South Africa)

6 May 2010

Related Link: http://www.anarkismo.net

6 Comments:

Blogger Renegade Eye said...

The anarchists in Greece, are accused of causing the death of three bank workers. I'm sure that group, doesn't have involvement.

The next step, is forming workplace and neighborhood committees, to expand the fight.

The analysis is correct about this period. No matter who is in power, they will have to cutback.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

See this.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

If the insurrectionist faction of anarchism was involved in this killing, it will serve to weaken them and strengthen the organizational or mass class struggle groups.

Worker and neighborhood committees are definitely the way to go. Rather than just demonstrating, the embryos of popular power must be brought to conception. Like Molly says Greece is at the rebellion stage and to get to a pre-revolutionary situation the question of power must be on the table.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous River said...

Unfortunately Greek Anarchists were responsible for the Fire.

The fire took place on a national strike day. The bank workers were told if they did not show up for work they would all be fired. Banks are a main target of the riots, so the bank owners wanted employees in them, in the hopes of avoiding attacks... (human shields)... The owner of this particular bank, who was not properly certified for fire safety, etc, promised the employees there would be 3 police officers to guard them. they never showed... Its not clear how the fire started, but it is clear it was from the protesters. They attempted to save the bank workers, but inadequate fire and no extinguishers, plus the fact the bank had locked the employees in, made it impossible to save 3 people. With the media goes crazy about "anarchist murdered". an employee of the bank came forward with a statement (that has been ignored by the mainstream media) explaining the horrible working conditions, lack of safety, etc, and blamed the government and the banks for the deaths of his co workers. The bank union has now gone on a vigilant strike. Good post, Greece is indeed a prime candidate for an post capitalist, anarchist society!

River
http://gratefullost.wordpress.com/

9:08 AM  
Blogger TGGP said...

I agree that Greece should default, but it is still running massive deficits. Moneylenders aren't going to be shamed into lending to them. Austerity of some sort is inevitable.

Off-topic: Kevin Carson's mutualist site linked to your page here:
http://www.geocities.com/vcmtalk/mutualize
But it's not available anymore and some of the documents (history of mutualism) are not even accessible through archive.org. Any thought of putting them back online? If you emailed me your history of mutualism document (my hotmail address is aljaynock) I could rehost it at my tripod site.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

Hi TGGP, Thanks for commenting. No the site went down when Geocities disappeared and I never kept a copy. Thanks for the offer.

8:03 PM  

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