A large throng of workers, trade unions, mass organizations flocked to the side of the striking workers at the Steelworks, in response to the call of the trade union and PAME for everyone to come to the Steelworks and to strengthen their solidarity, which they have been expressing for the 9 months of the ongoing steelworkers’s strike.
This is the response of the working class to the attack of the riot police and the use of teargas against the strikers, which took place in the early hours the 20th of July.
The workers of this company have been on strike for 263 days, struggling for work with decent wages, the rehiring of the dismissed workers and against the humiliating salaries proposed by the employer.
The government under orders from the employer Manessis, and while previously the strike had been characterised as “illegal” by the courts, carried out a major operation aimed at suppressing the strike, with the detention of 9 strikers who were at the factory gates, guarding their heroic strike, in the police station. There are now 6 coaches with many riot squads at the factory gates.
This how the government responds to the just demands of the workers to ensure their labour rights and a decent life for themselves and their families. The government which serves the interests of the big employers.
At the same time in a telephone intervention to the Minister of Public Order, Nikos Dendias, was carried out by Spyros Chalvatzis, member of the CC and MP of the KKE, demanding the removal of the riot police and that all those who have been detained be released.
As the statement of the Press Office of the CC of the KKE notes amongst other things: “The Parliamentary Group of the KKE will continue inside and outside of the Parliament to support and show solidarity with the just and heroic struggle of the steelworkers and all the workers who are being impoverished and ruined by the political line of the three-party government ND-PASOK-Democratic Left and the political line of the EU and the monopolies.”