Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Railroad Workers (ΟΣΕ) Strike/Protest Again in Athens, GR today 10/26/10

Look at the 2 flags in the background...Greece's and...yes, that says it all.


Railroad Workers Strike/Protest Again in Athens, GR today 10/26/10...


According to the online news source here in Greece, Golden Dawn (Χρυσή Αυγή, http://www.avgi.gr/ArticleActionshow.action?articleID=576931)...


- This group of unionized railroad workers has left the trains inoperable today due to their 24 hr. strike here in Greece....


- These workers are resisting the...derailing, by the government (due to their austerity measures)....


- They are now striking more intensively at the very hour that this new bill in the Greek Parliament is up for plenary vote...


- The new bill is calling for a big reduction in the number of workers in the organization, abolishment of their foundational workers rights, increases in ticket prices, the shrinking of the railroads and more...


- They will continue to strike until the 29th of the month...


- T. Leventis, President of the All-Greek Federation of Workers (ΠΟΣ), urged the government to withdraw the bill and said that the railway will continue their protests even if the bill passes...


- These strikes are hindering, in some places of Athens, the use of Suburb Train to the Airport (Venizelos)...


- Strikes by the same organization are also occurring in Thesolaniki (Northern Greece)..


In a statement, the "Freedom of Attica" by Al. Alavanos stresses that "refuses to accept this chronicle of death foretold of the railroad" and notes that the bill composes a "oblivion of harmful decisions of governments (VAR governing in Greece), ministers and governors."


In other words, this bill will set a bad precedent for other government workers' long-entrenched rights in gov't sectors where they work.  The long-term benefits  are a hallmark in the Greek government job sector.


At any rate, this will hinder transportation by train for passengers going from Athens to Thesolaniki and vice versa.


Today's video coverage of protests:


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