Statement of SYRIZA's Department of Labor Policy on the general strike of 4 February.
SYRIZA’s Department of Labor Policy salutes the general strike declared for Thursday, 4 February by the workers, unions, and syndicates, fighting to defend the redistributive public social security system for all.
After the neoliberal choices that literally looted public insurance funds (losses of €24 billion between 2009 to 2014) and led to the pauperization of the retired laborers (due to a €26 billion pension cut), even today forces within and outside the country insist on the same recipe and propose new cuts to the public and supplementary pension systems.
And all this has been happening while:
All this has led the country’s public insurance system on a track of unsustainability and has caused the need for measures in order for it to stand on their feet again. However, the measures to be implemented should mainly focus on the income side, rather than the benefit payments.
The country’s public insurance system will not be back on track as long as the unemployment rate hovers around 25%, the uninsured workforce exceeds 20% and flexible labor forms are the norm for many companies.
SYRIZA’s Department of Labor Policy supports the government's effort to defend pensions and the creation of a system with redistributive character, based on the solidarity among generations. In addition, it calls upon the government not to proceed with any pension cuts and to resist the plans of lenders and their local allies.
Workers must fight for:
The solutions that we need can not emerge from the forces and the logic of the "free market", but only from the support of social demands, solidarity and democracy and from the struggles of the world of labor and the people.
-- Please note that this is not an official translation - translated by transform! europe --