Posts tagged ‘DIMAR’

Greek government cohesion shaken

The Subway workers ‘strike has ended after the government issued civil mobilization orders to the employees. The Metro has resumed operations and is slowly coming to its proper schedule.

A police squad, accompanied by a public attorney, entered the depot at 4 o’clock in the morning and made the workers leave it.

While the government seems to have gained a point in its ongoing struggle against Unionists and anti – mnemonium parties its own cohesion has been shaken. The Democratic Left party (DIMAR) expressed its opposition to the civil mobilization move while Alexis Tsipras of SYRIZA claims that this move is unconstitutional.

The immediate future of mass transport in Athens is not definite yet because other unions (busses, trolleys, tram) have expressed their solidarity and so has the General Confederation of Greek workers.

Samaras agrees on austerity measures – pending the approval of his government partners

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras agreed yesterday with the proposals made by his advisors on how to find the 13,2 billion Euros to “save” Greece once again. The gradual increase of the amount from 11.5 billion to 13,2 in less than two weeks is indicative of the uncertainty and fear Greek public experiences daily.
The decision is not final since it needs the approval of Mr. Samaras government partners: PASOK and DIMAR. While PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos keeps a low profile, Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left has recently stated that “our party should not be taken as granted”. DIMAR members of Parliament and well-known executives of the party have differentiated their position and discuss voting against the measures in Parliament.
The government wants to pass the austerity measures through parliament by the beginning of October. This will facilitate discussion of the Greek issue during the October 8 Eurogroup meeting.

Today’s strike, coming on top of all the pressure imposed on the populace, is very significant. The size and spirit of the demonstration could be decisive