Strike Law Change Splits Greek Coalition

Strike Law Change Splits Greek Coalition

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strikersGreece’s wobbly coalition is showing further signs of strain after the PASOK Socialists and tiny Democratic Left (DIMAR) objected to plans to make it more difficult for workers to strike.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras heads a government that is led by his New Democracy Conservatives and his Labor Minister, Yiannis Vroutsis, said he wants strikes to require the vote of a majority of union members and give management the right to lock out workers if they fail to return.

Samaras twice this year has issued civil mobilization orders forcing Metro workers and seamen to go back to their jobs under the threat of arrest or losing their jobs. He was backed by PASOK and DIMAR, but now they said he’s going too far.

“Mr. Vroutsis and other ministers who are New Democracy members need to understand that they are not promoting their party’s policies but the program of a coalition government,” said PASOK spokesperson Fofi Gennimata, according to the newspaper Kathimerini. “There has been no understanding regarding changes to the law and we are against any such discussion,” she said.

Democratic Left’s Dimitris Chatzisokratis also stressed that his party had not consented to any change in the law regarding industrial action. The main opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) condemned the government for considering changes that it labeled as being against workers’ interests.

The government is imposing more austerity measures on the order of international lenders. Those include more pay cuts and tax hikes, to which the Metro workers and seamen have objected. The ship workers also are angry they haven’t been paid in more than six months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Alex

    :he wants strikes to require the vote of a majority of union members
    and give management the right to lock out workers if they fail to
    return.”

    This is a great idea. Not every Greek supports these communist dominated Unions. Greeks that don’t should be held hostage. Employers shouldn’t be held hostage. Average Greeks that see roads blocked or have to pay to clean up and police the constant lawless riots shouldn’t be held hostage.

    ‘He was backed by PASOK and DIMAR, but now they said he’s going too far.”

    If Pasok and DIMAR do this they are putting their personal careers and leftist politics in front of the needs of their country.. How can our economy move forward or why would anyone want to invest in Greece with endless economic and politcal instability caused by strikes (that all to often devolve into lawless riots) Our communist domiinated unions have abused the right to strike to the point of absurdity. They are harming our country out of personal greed.

  • Alex

    “The main opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA)
    condemned the government for considering changes that it labeled as
    being against workers’ interests.”

    i.e. rather then patriotically say “Greek interests”… its all about the greed of Syriza’s supporters. The don’t care about “the worker”. They only care about anyone that supports communism and giving themselves political power.

    Communists are primarily good for self-righteous hot air speeches on morality where they all “generously” agree to share…. everyone else’s money. They produce little else than empty speeches for the desperate and gullible. After 70 years of failed communist policies, in many many countries… after the communists MURDERED Greeks for their foreign IMRO comrades during Greek civil war…. after Syriza constantly apologizes for the masses of illegals that flood our country….only a fool would vote for treasonous anti-Hellenic party like Syriza. 

    Those that vote for Syriza are very much like those that supported Tito of the now non-existent Yugoslavia. They live in a fantasy land of social and economic policies that do no work beyond words.  Greece faces a very real long term existential threat from communist extremists trying to exploit the situation to push their ridiculous failed cult.

  • Guest

    Is their any other country where the same groups strike on a monthly basis? This is beyond ridiculous. It’s only hurting their fellow citizens when they can’t take a bus or the garbage doesn’t get picked up.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OYG7TRHWU2AIDSI4M3B2PE2BHA Paul Johnston PhD

    We are now seeing the “beginning of the END” of this phoney coalition government of convenience, and for Mr. Samaras to have the slimey, utterly corrupt Venizelos in his cabinet after hiding the Legarde List in his home for 2 years, just shows the lowly depths Samaras will stoop to, just to try to hold onto his post as PM….Fortunately, the game is up for this ‘shameful’ government of thieves, liars and crooks and a new government will be elected soon to replace them… Don’t let the Vouli door hit you on the way out!  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=590216730 Jed Brandt

    Do you take checks directly from the Bundesbank, you nazi cretin?

    Are you a cop? Or one of the rich Greeks who waves the flag and then refuses to pay taxes with your money in some swiss bank?

  • Alex

     You sound just like worldarts “paul Johnston”.

  • Alex

    A. I am not a “nazi”

    B. if you were concerned about actual Nazis you would be criticizing Skopian troll “Alex Prime Minister of Greece”

    C. Please feel to GFY.

  • Alex

     So let me get this straight… you are arguing in defense of Communist? Communists?

  • Alex

     They don’t care. All they can think about is themselves but they wrap it up in self-delusional speeches that they are doing it for someone else.