Where is Greece going? Minister Efi Achtsioglou with British MPs

Thanasis Gavos   Wednesday, 6 December 2017; 6:30-7:30pm
Achtsioglou, Greece Solidarity Campaign

How has the SYRIZA government responded to the debt crisis in Greece and the experience of negotiating with the IMF and European Institutions? Efi Achtsioglou, Greek minister for Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity will outline to British parliamentarians how the SYRIZA government has sought to protect living standards and address the debt problem.


She will explain SYRIZA’s ‘parallel programme’ of social protection, and also talk about the problems resulting from the refugee crisis –a situation where Greece has been host to 60,000 refugees fleeing the war and stranded in Greece after the borders into the northern Balkans were closed in 2016.


The meeting has been organised by the Greece Solidarity Campaign and Medical Aid for Greece and is preparatory to a GSC Delegation to Athens that will take place between the 14th and 16th January 2018, when delegates will meet with Greek politicians, trade unionists, social solidarity activists and others to hear about the current conditions in Greece.


The parliamentary briefing will be followed by a more open meeting from 6.30 to 7.30.


Note to editors:

The Greece Solidarity Campaign and Medical Aid for Greece were founded in 2012 to build and sustain a movement of solidarity with the people of Greece and to demand a just settlement of the debt crisis.  The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and many of its unions are affiliated to and support the campaign. We have organised a number of fact-finding solidarity delegations of prominent trade unionists, politicians, journalists and civic leaders to Greece, meeting their counterparts, finding out first-hand what the situation is and forging bilateral solidarity links.


  • Dec 6, 2017 @ 11:23 am

    Greek Labour Minister Effie Achtsioglou is not welcome!

    We were surprised to read that the Greek Labour Minister Effie Achtsioglou is a guest speaker at Greece Solidarity Campaign event in London, supported also by the TUC, to talk about the SYRIZA’s government ‘parallel programme’ of social protection and the protection of living standards in Greece!
    Minister Effie Achtsioglou represents the so-called “left” government that continues to implement the austerity and anti-people’s measures, escalate taxation and cuts, and restrict wages, pensions and benefits even further.
    Minister Effie Achtsioglou represents a government, which is responsible for the escalation of state oppression and employers’ intimidation against workers (the doctrine of “law and order”) and actively promotes the so-called “fair development” by supporting the big business groups with money and privileges. In the last few days supermarket employees in the city of Ioannina, students and university employees outside the Ministry of Education, and protesters against the banks auctioning off peoples’ homes were added in the long list of the people who have suffered persecutions, arrests, violent repression and tear gas.
    In Greece under the “left” government, intimidation in the workplaces continues with threats and blackmails, repression and arrests. The SYRIZA – Independent Greeks coalition government currently brings to the parliament measures similar to the Trade Union Act that was passed by the UK government, escalating thus the planned attack against the right to strike.

    Last year TUC objected to the Trade Union Act. We expect from TUC to express their objection once more now. This would be the only real expression of solidarity to the Greek people – and not the support to the Greece Solidarity Campaign event.

    We call all workers in the UK to strongly reject and denounce the anti-union and anti-workers policies in the UK, Greece and across the EU (Belgium is another recent example). These policies are implemented in order to prevent workers from creating obstacles to the attack of business groups and governments, while paving the way for a new escalated attack to our labour and social rights. Any efforts to limit or eliminate the right to strike need to meet the strong opposition of workers and trade unions. The right to strike was won after many bloody and heroic struggles and we are determined to defend it.
    We call TUC to withdraw their support to the Greece Solidarity Campaign event and state that the Greek Minister Effie Achtsioglou in not welcome for the workers in Britain.
    We support the participation of the working people of Greece in the national general strike on December 14th! We join our voices with PAME in Greece, demanding:
    «Hands off the right to organise, struggle and act collectively – hands off the right to strike!»
    We join forces with trade unions and workers, who confront the aggressiveness of the capital –implemented by employers and governments, in the UK, Greece, in every country of the EU, and across the world.

  • Archbishop Nikodemos
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 20:22 pm

    This is a job for every single Greek to try to help repair. Austerity has destroyed an entire generation. The Diaspora MUST Act.


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