Solidarity with Greek trade unionists

10 Jan

Nikos Photopoulos (front left) leads a GENOP/DEI protest march last summer. Photo: GENOP/DEI

Act Now: Justice for Nikos!

On Thursday 24 November 2011, the Greek police arrested Nikos Photopoulos, President of the power workers’ union GENOP/DEI, along with more than a dozen of his fellow trade unionists. They were protesting against part of the Greek austerity measures – the cutting off of power to people unable or unwilling to pay a new, swingeing property tax, levied regardless of income or wealth.

The trade unionists will appear in court on Tuesday 10 January – an earlier trial date having been postponed because prosecution witnesses didn’t turn up – to face criminal charges that could see them jailed for up to five years.

Greek trade union confederation GSEE, the sister organisation of the TUC, and like us a member of the ETUC and ITUC, is supporting Nikos and his colleagues legally, and it has asked us to send messages of protest to the Greek Government ahead of the trial and encourage others to do so. A statement from the GSEE is on the TUC website.

Nikos and his colleagues had blockaded the headquarters of Greece’s largest power company, PPC, for nearly five days because the company had agreed to Government requests to collect the new tax through electricity bills, and cut off the power if the bills weren’t paid.

The Greek authorities’ actions against Nikos Photopoulos are as wrong-headed as their austerity measures. Nikos didn’t cause this crisis any more than the ordinary Greek people did, and none of them should be asked to pay for it – in Nikos’ case, with his freedom. Support the Greek trade union movement! Justice for Nikos!

Send protest messages to:
  • Prime Minister Loukas Papademos internationalmediaoffice@primeminister.gr Maximou Mansion 19, Herodou Attikou Street, GR-106 74 Athens, Greece
  • Minister of Labour & Social Security Yorgos Koutroumanis info@ypakp.gr Fax: +30 210 5295 186
  • Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Miltiadis Papaioannou Fax: +30 210 7755835
Send copies of messages and solidarity to

UPDATE:

Greek trade unionists say thanks for the solidarity – keep it coming!

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