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Athens sees its first city-wide strike as workers begin to break away from the control of reformist trade unions

Today, January 17th marks a very important date in the recent history of labour struggle in Greece – responding to, and in solidarity with the struggle of the workers at Greek Steelworks, the six Labour Centres of Greater Athens (Attica) and the Workers/Employees Union of Athens have called a city-wide strike.

Approximately 15,000 people took to the streets of the city on the day. What follows below is an excerpt from the text issued by base unions, workers groups, workers and unemployed in their call for the strike:

For the past two-and-a-half months, the caldrons of the Greek Steelworks remain unlit – but class war has been ignited instead.  The terrorising by the boss Manesis, with his tens of firings and his plan for employment in turns, has been cancelled out in practice and shattered in the face of the unity and fighting spirit of the tenacious workers and in the face of the river of solidarity, an oxygen-feed for the continuing strike.

For two and half months at the “Gates of Fire” [title of an independent documentary on the strike, in Greek] the striking workers show us the way of struggle. A struggle that has inspired the unpaid workers at the Loukisa factory, who have been denied their wages for the past month. The struggle that strengthens the workers at ALTER TV station, unpaid for months, those at the Eleftherotypia newspaper; it strengthens the resistance of workers at Notos Galleries struggling against employment in turns; it led the workers at the factories of AGNO and MEVGAL to victory.

The bosses, after the troika and the greek strate paved them the way, believed they could easily in the midst of the crisis suck out the last remains of the blood of the exploited. They have started to be contradicted by reality.

Now, more than ever, we must promote class solidarity and our common struggle. We must all, workers, unemployed, locals and migrants, not merely stand in solidarity with these struggles, but we must turn every workplace into a pole of struggle, without waiting anything from party or syndicalist bureaucracies.

(Greek original)


"As the 'gates of fire' burn, with the self-organisation, solidarity, the knowledge of our interests and our class consciousness we open up the 'gates of hell' for the bosses"

“Selforganised, Unguarded, Ιntransigent Struggles – Solidarity to the Struggle of Steelworkers – The Selforganisation of the workers will Become the Grave of the Bosses – Strike and March in Propylea Tuesday 17 January – Assemply of Anarchists for the Social Selforganisation”


  1. Momento wrote:

    Loukisa, Greek Steelworks, Agno, Mevgal, Alter TV. Since you mention the struggles, why dont you say what is the common factor behind(and not just them,Aktor, Perama and others too) are all unions and second degree syndicates in PAME. Cause the way you present it its like anarchists are organising everything.

    Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 5:49 am | Permalink
  2. tv.set wrote:

    since pap left office no more riots, haha

    Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

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