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Unions against Price Hikes: 24h General Strike across Greece, April 6

Greece’s public and private sector unions, ADEDY and GSEE, will launch a nationwide 24-hour general strike on Wednesday, April 6, to protest the price hikes and the stagnation of wages. The general strike that is expecting to paralyze the country is the second  in three years.

Central demand of the unions are wage increases and protection measures from the wave of unprecedented hikes sweeping the meager incomes of the vast majority of both private and public sector workers.

The strike of GSEE and ADEDY is announced in a period of negotiations for the increase of the minimum wage, with employers hardening their stance and, citing the crisis, exclude the possibility of an agreement in a percentage that will exceed 4%.

The government, which will ultimately decide on the increase in the minimum wage next month, has pledged through the prime minister for a “brave” increase. The first increase beginning of the year made low-incomes richer by 10-12 euros per month. The PM has pledged for a more generous increase in May but nobody knows yet how much it will be.

The strike on Wednesday is expecting to put further pressure on the government, as the purchasing power of the minimum wage in the country continues to fall rapidly, with the percentage of workers living in conditions of material deprivation (ie poverty) now reaching 46%, the highest in Europe, reports daily avgi.

It is noteworthy that in the last four months price hikes and inflation have led to a dramatic reduction in the minimum wage by 14%, with the result that the wages of workers with lower wages are now an indicator of relative poverty and not a decent living.

In a recent poll for GSEE, 6 out of 10 workers said that they have cut on basic food items and heating due to the price hikes.

The union umbrella of the private sector GSEE demands an immediate increase of the minimum wage to 751 euros, that is at the level of 2009, before the lenders and the first bailout agreement sent thousands of families to poverty.

The GSEE calls on all workers, unemployed and pensioners to take part in the 24h nationwide strike on Wednesday that runs under the slogan “Wages are not enough.”

Protest rallies in downtown Athens and other cities are scheduled to start at 11 o’ clock Wednesday morning.

Unions of public transport means have said to take part in the strike, more details on a separate KTG post later.

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4 comments

  1. >>with the percentage of workers living in conditions of material deprivation (ie poverty) now reaching 46%, the highest in Europe, reports daily avgi.<<
    They haven't looked at countries like Moldova, Romania and some others I assume.

  2. Heavens, price increases all over the World – it doesn’t just affect the Greeks. As this strike is at the start of the summer season, tourists, bringing money with them, will be inconvenienced and may, just may, decide to go on holiday to another country which is more user friendly. So less money for Greece. If someone has not had a holiday due to Covid for 2 or 3 years and then gets faced with strikes, they are going to be well impressed… I am due to go to UK to see friends and family but now for the third consecutive year it looks like I can’t get there – but any money I lose which isn’t covered by Travel Insurance will be clawed back by not spending money in Greece… And I doubt I will be the only person thinking this way.

  3. There’s lots of demos etc going on all around the world. Sri Lanka etc…. I am sure the Greeks don’t want to strike but feel they have no choice. Some people don’t know how it is to live in deprivation, particularly material deprivation (ie poverty) now reaching 46%, there must be clusters of abject poverty and despair, together with 47% of the youth unemployed, crickey. I wonder if the government will “help” or help.