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Greek gov’t decides “civil mobilization” against striking seamen

Greek coalition government found the magic formula to end long lasting strikes: the formula is called “civil mobilization”. A measure meaning that the government issues personal orders to the name of employees and that they will have to return to work, or else get fired, pay fine or even go to jail.

After the failure of negotiations between Maritime Minister and seamen union PNO and the PNO decision to extend their strikes for another 48 hours, Samaras’ government, decided to grab radical measures.

According to Greek media, the Maritime Ministry is to start sending the orders during the day with the civil mobilization to go into effect as of 6 o clock in the morning, tomorrow Wednesday, February 6th 2013. (I’ll keeo you updated if ti will indeed go on effect or it’s just a pressure tool).

“Civil mobilization” was imposed end of Janruary against striking workers at Athens Metro, Urban Train and Tram.

However, workers at the three public transport means are civil servants, while seamen are not.

Seamen demand amon others to receive outstanding wages amounting almost 20 million euro.

PS next “civil mobilization” orders will be issued for striking farmers? protesting university students? and broke taxpayers?

 

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7 comments

  1. PS next “civil mobilization” orders will be issued for striking farmers? protesting university students? and broke taxpayers?

    That’s indeed the danger with this “civil mobilization” thing. How far will they go to force everyone with this thread of prison into submission? And what if the PNO-members, or any other larger group decide to just ignore it? How many people are they willing to round up and put into prison camps?
    (With the public transport there were court orders that were ignored. Have there been court orders against this strike, KTG?)

  2. keeptalkinggreece

    no court orders, much to my knowledge

  3. Wow, that makes it very serious. Because to my knowledge that has always preceded this procedure. So now there is a strike that is not deemed illegal by any court and that is broken by the government by the thread of dismissal, fines or even jail…

  4. keeptalkinggreece

    surely it is serious.

  5. This is an evident signal that the workers are
    winning. It’s enough to not give up.

  6. It can also be a signal that the workers and the government are loosing it. Most decent Greeks lost everything already the last couple of years.
    And be about one thing absolutely sure, dear sandrochhiosanrocchio, this has absolutely nothing to do with workers or class-struggle. The nomenklatura is build up with people from all classes who divided, and are still trying to divide the cake between them. And most of the others get zip.

  7. keeptalkinggreece

    ah with the seamen things a bit different, Antonis. No nomenclatura would love to sail across the seas. better sit in a DEH or OSE office.