We take responsibility for the arson attacks on 2 stores owned by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias, in vuronas area , as well as in the house of the Vice President of Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator ΔΕΔΔΗΕ.
CAPITALISTIC RESTRUCTURING AGAINST THE HEALTH CRISIS
The government of N.D. , strategically choosing the repressive management of the pandemic, has launched a violent class and social attack on youth and the world of work, which aims at the collapse of rights and conquests, but also the wider restructuring of the capitalist state.
In a time of global capitalist and health crisis, the government has created a bleak environment of insecurity and fear. Like all previous governments it tried to abdicate its criminal responsibilities for dismantling the public health system, leaving them to the “individual responsibility” of each and every one.
But really, who is responsible for the thousands of dead in the pandemic? Who is responsible for the non-existent protection measures in the workplace? When were measures taken or large industries closed? Who is responsible for stacking the poor on public transport? Who is responsible for the fact that private ICU beds were not ordered, at the same time as our fellow human beings were dying on trollies in the hospital corridors? Who has been served by the government’s policy of opening borders to tourists, if not the tourist lobbies? Who is responsible for the sharp rise in drugs and psychotropic drugs, as well as domestic violence during the lockdown period? What politics is sinking more and more people into dependencies, unable to cope with the daily deadlocks of capitalist everyday life?
Even during the period of hard lockdown, the government, instead of giving funds for the staffing of the public health system, preferred to give huge sums to rulers to reproduce the dominant propaganda, as well as equipment to the police and the NATO imperialist mechanism. At Chrysochoidis’ (Minister for Citizen Protection of Greece ) command, thousands of recruits were made and hundreds of vehicles, motorbikes, armour, technological equipment were purchased, in order to strengthen the mastiffs of capital and its state, in the logic of precautionary counter-insurgency and social-class resistance.
This repressive management is made clear both by the bans and arrests made in the mobilisations of November 17 and December 6, and by the extreme repressive attack on the demonstrations for the hunger strike of the political prisoner D. Koufontinas, the repression of the student occupations in Athens and Thessaloniki, the beating and torture of militants, the criminalization of political action through the banning of demonstrations, the imposition of fines and the creation of a misdemeanor for the dispersal of COVID-19.
In this environment, the government chose to vote in Parliament on key bills, such as the bill on demonstrations, the bill on education and police in universities, the anti-labour bill. Reading the provisions of these bills, one can see the magnitude of the anti-popular and class attack launched by the government. It essentially criminalizes political action, whether in the street, at university or in the workplace. It designs educational bills that promote private education, while criminalizing students who struggle through their collectivization at universities.
In this context, the passing of the new anti-labour bill is added, which will level the conquests won by the working class with blood and struggles. It is coming to ratify the precarious and labour jungle regime that has prevailed in the workplace for years. This, in turn, like the previous anti-labour laws passed by all governments in the post-war period, makes it clear that in an environment of capitalist crisis and the sharpening of class antagonisms, reducing labour costs is a key strategy of capital and its State.
The “growth” evangelized daily by the EU-BSE-Government means poor labour, flexible working relationships, fully adapted to the appetites of employers, workers without trade union rights. This creates an environment where obviously capital will reap greater value from labor, while at the same time paving the way for investments with low labour costs and tax breaks for capital, thus an attractive landscape for investment. This process serves both local bosses and European and international monopolies.
The main pillar of the bill is the abolition of the 8-hour day and its replacement with a 10-hour day, which will be “agreed” by the employer and the employee through an individual contract. It equates overtime with time, increases the number of under hours to 150. It criminalizes the right to strike, files the strikers through the electronic voting system. This provision essentially seeks to abolish strikes altogether, as the implementation of electronic voting to go on strike will now be combined with the provision on mandatory participation in the General Assembly, where at least 50% of the economically active members of the primary union decide to strike. It also institutes penalties in unions and compensation to employers when a strike is deemed “abusive” and “illegal”.
Extending the abolition of the Sunday holiday in many sectors, in addition to the crippled trade sector, and the requirement for security personnel in the strikes. In short, an increase in employer terrorism, a further attack on collective agreements and negotiations, a breakdown in working conditions, a crackdown on trade union action.
THEY ARE NOT ACCIDENTS, DO NOT HAVE ILLUSIONS
STATE AND CAPITAL KILL WORKERS
Working conditions, the intensification of labour, in combination with the low safety measures taken by employers, lead to the murder of workers. Hundreds of workers, whether working in the motorcycle sector (courier, delivery), or in construction, or in construction projects in the public or private sector, have been killed during working hours.
Typical facts are the murders of workers in
ΔΕΔΔΗΕ (Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator) maintenance projects. 3 members of AKTOR’s contract crew were killed while working in Evia city on April 1, while on April 16 another double murder was announced by DEH A.E. Public Power Corporation in the unit of Agios Dimitrios area in athens.
Let us not get used to death at the workplace, let us not forget the dead and the dead of our class, let us take revenge on all those who were murdered by capital and state. Against the gloomy condition that is taking shape, let us resist with all our might the capitalist restructuring and the intensifying attack we are receiving, as a class and as a movement.
ORGANIZE – RESIST
CLASS AGAINST CLASS
PS: In this environment of decay and personalization promoted by the government, an event in Malandrinos prison came to remind us in a deafening way of the opposition of 2 worlds: the world of the state, capital, the mafia, the prison service, the prisoner gangs, the law of the jungle and the powerful on the one hand, and the world of equality, solidarity, selflessness, struggle and dignity on the other.
This opposition was highlighted by the attack and beating with severe injuries received by the anarchist comrade and political prisoner, Giannis Dimitrakis, by prisoners, involved with mafias and serving in the Malandrinos prison. Giannis with his attitude, defending the weak and the just, confirmed that “if you want to be called a man you will not stop for a moment fighting for peace and for justice. You will go out on the streets, you will shout, your lips will bleed from the shouting, your face will bleed from the bullets, but not a step back. ” (Livaditis was a Greek poet.)
Our full solidarity and good recovery. Whatever happens to him, the government, Chrysochoidis and Nikolaou are co-responsible.