The latest attack on the labour laws is causing a new wave of strikes in Greece. This morning PAME, the Communist Party of Greece affiliated workers’ movement, held a rally before the Ministry of labour. At 7 o’clock there is another unionist rally – this time supported by SYRIZA – Coalition of Radical Left – taking place in a square between Syntagma and Omonia – aptly named Klathmonos. Klathmonos in Greek means “weeping” and the tradition is that it took its name from the weeping civil servants who were fired every time a new government was elected. This was actually the reason that now a civil servant is a permanent employee: the measure was originally taken to protect civil servants against the parties’revanchism and protect the state from nepotism. Unfortunately, it’s gone awry somewhere along the way…..

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