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.