The GS of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) made a statement after the massive strikes against the "law-guillotine"
ICP, 6th February 2016
The GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, made a statement after attending All-workers' Militant Front's (PAME) strike rally in Athens on 4th of February. Koutsoumpas spoke as follows:
"The great success of the general strike, the large demonstrations in all the country's cities, the militant roadblocks of the farmers, the participation of hundreds of thousands of self-employed, professionals-scientists, youth and women from the popular families send a message: This situation cannot continue.
The monstrous draft law that destroys the social-security system must be withdrawn immediately. The anti-worker and anti-people laws must be abolished. We escalate and continue the struggle until the final victory. With working class unity, with the workers in the frontline, with the social people's alliance of all the workers in every sector. With an orientation against the monopolies that exploit us, against the capitalist system that drags down the lives of the working people even further. We must take matters into our own hands."
Thousands of people participated in the rallies on the streets of all the country's major cities, with the withdrawal of the SYRIZA-ANEL government's draft law for the social security system as their central demand. This law is reported as the "law-guillotine" as it reduces pensions, increases the social security contributions of the workers, reduces state spending on the public system of health and welfare and increases the retirement age.
The strike demonstrations of PAME, together with the forces of the social people's alliance, were reported to be the largest strike mobilization of recent years. The other components of this alliance were: the "All-farmers Militant Rally" (PASY), the "Nationwide Anti-monopoly Rally" (PASEVE), the forces of the Students' Struggle Front (MAS), the Federation of Greek Women (OGE).The farmers with their tractors took part in the workers' strike mobilizations in many Greek cities, symbolizing the common struggle of the working class with the poor and medium farmers.