Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Long live the struggle of the Greek working class! Drop all the charges against GK, worker at Banquet restaurant, Thessalonica, and Vassilis Gutas, member of the Committee for Solidarity with the Banquet Workers!

Long live the struggle of the Greek working class! Drop all the charges against GK, worker at Banquet restaurant, Thessalonica, and Vassilis Gutas, member of the Committee for Solidarity with the Banquet Workers! Over the last months, the working class and youth in Greece have been fighting against the austerity plans imposed by the social […]

Left Voice

September 11, 2010
Facebook Twitter Share

Long live the struggle of the Greek working class!

Drop all the charges against GK, worker at Banquet restaurant, Thessalonica, and Vassilis Gutas, member of the Committee for Solidarity with the Banquet Workers!

Over the last months, the working class and youth in Greece have been fighting against the austerity plans imposed by the social democratic government of PASOK, which is following the dictates of the IMF, the World Bank and the EU in order to make the workers pay for the crisis. However, the latter are fighting back against the draconian cuts and adjustment plans that the Papandreou government wants to implement, as can be seen from the general strikes that have rocked the country over the last months.

Against this backdrop struggles are taking place in many workplaces against the effects of the crisis. In Thessalonica, the second largest city in Greece, workers in the bar and restaurant sector have already taken a stand against the slave-driver bosses: an example of this is the dispute at the Banquet restaurant where workers have protested against dismissals, the non-payment of overtime and nightshift rates, and are demanding the implementation of agreements, among other issues.

On August 31, police launched an attack on Banquet restaurant workers and their supporters from the Committee for Solidarity – the aim was to put an end to this exemplary struggle which has been going on for more than two and a half months. On that day, police arrested G.K, a Banquet worker and leading activist, and on September 2, the police arrested Vassilis Gutas, a member of the Committee for Solidarity. It was a clear warning a few days before the opening of the Thessalonica International Trade Fair 2010 on September 11, which is expected to be a target for demonstrations.

We would like to express our solidarity with the struggles of the workers and youth in Greece and demand the dropping of all charges against Vassilis Gutas and G.K. End the persecution of the workers and activists of Banquet!

Drop all the charges against the activists and workers arrested in Thessalonica!

Stop the persecution of workers in struggle!

Down with the adjustment plans of PASOK, the IMF, the World Bank and the EU!

The capitalists must pay for the crisis!

Signatories

Trade union delegates:

– Raúl Godoy – Zanon worker and former Deputy General Secretary of SOECN, the Union of Ceramic Workers and Employees of Neuquén province, Argentina.

– Andres Blanco – Deputy General Secretary of SOECN.

– Javier “Poke” Hermosilla – trade union delegate of the Kraft Food Factory Shop Stewards’ Committee.

– José Montes – delegate of the Shipyard Río Santiago, Buenos Aires province.

– Miguel Lago – delegate of the Shipyard Río Santiago.

– Hernán “Bocha” Puddu – delegate of IVECO, Córdoba province.

– Leonardo Norniella y Catalina Balaguer – members of the Workers Committee of Pepsico Snacks.

– Oscar “Chiche” Hernández – delegate of the Siderar factory.

– Eduardo Ayala – delegate of the Donneley (ex-Atlántida) publishing company.

– Carlos Artacho – delegate of FOETRA, telecommunication workers’ union, Buenos Aires.

– Carlos Platkovsky and Eduardo Saab – members of the Shop Stewards’ Committee of of the LAN branch of the APA (airlines staff union), Argentina.

– Ernesto Bustos – delegate of IOMA (Municipal Workers’ Union) of La Plata.

– Graciela Frañol – delegate of ATEN (Teachers’ Union of Neuquén)

– Claudio Dellecarbonara – delegate of the Buenos Aires Underground railway workers

– Ana Laura Lastra – member of the Shop Stewards’ Committee of ATE-INDEC (public sector workers’ union)

– Barbara Acevedo – delegate of the Garrahan Hospital

– Carlos Musante, César Gomez, Gabriela Macuada, Ariel Iglesias – delegates of SUTEBA (Teachers’ Union of Buenos Aires province)

– Juri Fernández – worker of Brukman (now Cooperative 18 December), factory expropriated by its workers

– Ernesto González – member of the Chilavert Cooperative printing company, taken over and managed by its workers.

– Franco Villalba – delegate of the Shop Stewards’ Committee of The Value Brand Company (formerly Jabón Federal)

– Leandro Sorribas – trade union delegate of RUB, welfare department of the Buenos Aires city council.

– Gustavo de Biase – delegate of the Vialidad Nacional (National Highway Department)

Political Parties and organisations

– Christian Castillo – member of the nacional leadership of the Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas

– Myriam Bregman – lawyer of CEPRODH, Association of Professionals for Human Rights

– Andrea D’Atri – member of the national leadership of the Partido de los
Trabajadores Socialistas and founder of the women’s activist group Pan y Rosas (Bread and Roses)

– Patricio del Corro – general secretary of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Buenos Aires University.

– Jessica Calcagno – former president of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Buenos Aires University.

– Juan Oribe – vicepresident of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Buenos Aires University.

– University Students’ Association En Clave Roja (In the Key of Red)

– Federico Bordiga – for the youth movement ¡No pasarán! (They shall not pass!)

Facebook Twitter Share

Left Voice

Militant journalism, revolutionary politics.

Archive

The Unknown Paths of the Late Marx

An interview with Marcello Musto about the last decade of Marx's life.

Marcello Musto

February 27, 2022

The Critical Left in Cuba

Frank García Hernández discusses the political and economic situation in Cuba and the path out of the current crisis.

Frank García Hernández

February 27, 2022

Nancy Fraser and Counterhegemony

A presentation from the Fourth International Marxist Feminist Conference.

Josefina L. Martínez

February 27, 2022

Who is Anasse Kazib?

Meet the Trotskyist railway worker running for president of France.

Left Voice

February 27, 2022

MOST RECENT

Two large signs that read "UC Divest from Genocide" and "Gaza Solidarity Encampment" behind the two signs a "UAW on Strike sign" pokes out

Dispatch from Day 2 of the UC Santa Cruz Picket Line

Left Voice member and City University of New York worker Olivia reports on the second day of her trip to Santa Cruz for UAW 4811’s historic strike to talk to workers.

Olivia Wood

May 25, 2024

Why Won’t PSC-CUNY Stand with Palestine Now?

While other higher education unions are going on strike in defense of their workers and against the genocide in Gaza, the bureaucratic leadership of PSC-CUNY just crushed a resolution calling on the university to divest from Israel and to drop the charges against Palestinian activists arrested on April 30. 

James Dennis Hoff

May 24, 2024

Attack on Pro-Palestinian Protestors at UMich Latest Example of Democrats Defending Israel’s Genocide in Gaza

Capitalist apologists from the Democratic Party have chosen their business partners in Israel’s far-right government over Palestinian lives. In Ann Arbor, those same so-called “progressive” Democrats decided to bring felony charges against protestors earlier this week, encouraging harsh police violence against the University of Michigan encampment.

Ryan McCarty

May 24, 2024
Activists in Detroit speaking at a press conference condemning repression of the pro-Palestine movement on May 20, 2024.

Detroit Activists Hold Press Conference to Condemn Repression of Pro-Palestine Protesters

Detroit Will Breathe organized a press conference to discuss the police violence and repression against pro-Palestine protesters. The movement must stand in solidarity and unite to combat the increase of repression.

Kyle Thibodeau

May 23, 2024