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Video of the Big Event of PAME for the 20 years since its foundation

With short video history of PAME and  the Speeches by : 

– Perros George, Head of PAME

 Pambis  Kyritsis, Head of – European Regional Office of WFTU – EUROF

– Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, Head of –  Latin America Regional Office of  WFTU – General Secretary of CTC Cuba

– Jamal Kadri, Head of Middle East Regional Office of WFTU , GFTU Syria

– Mzwandile Michael Makwayiba, President of WFTU from South Africa

Presidential Council Meeting 2019

2019 Presidential Council Meeting of WFTU April 3-4 , 2019 Athens, Greece

PAME Intervention in the WFTU Presidential Council Meeting, Athens, 2019

Dear colleagues, on behalf of the Executive Secretariat of PAME , the class trade unions of Greece, we wish to thank the Presidential Council of  WFTU, the members and friends of the World Federation of Trade Unions  for their solid support and solidarity over the years to the workers of Greece. In particular, we would like to thank you for the great honor of being here today with us, on the 20th anniversary of the foundation of PAME.

PAME, the class unions of Greece, as part of the World Class Trade Union Movement, will continue to struggle with self-abnegation for the strengthening of class direction of the trade unions’ struggle, for the strengthening of the WFTU for the definitive abolition of capitalist exploitation.

Dear colleagues, we agree with the proposed Action Plan. We believe that the discussion of the Presidential Council is important to emphasize some points.

In Europe, the anti-workers attack is escalating in parallel with the rise of the repression and the containment of democratic and trade union rights.

In particular, in Greece, while the Government of SYRIZA has been declaring since August that the country has stepped out of the Memoranda, since then it has abolished not even one of the 700 anti-workers laws enforced during the Memoranda. At the same time, Greek workers face the following situation:

  • In the last three years, those who have overdue debts to the Tax Office have increased by 66.3% and are faced with forced recovery measures.
  • 31.4% of workers work in part time or rotation employment.
  • In 2018, 1 in 5 workers worked in flexible employment, from 1 in 10 in 2013.
  • 57.41% of new jobs are with contracts of part-time and rotation employment.
  • The SYRIZA government for the year 2019 imposed 1 billion euros more taxes on the popular strata at the same time as it reduced taxation for the big capital and for their profits from 15% to 10%
  • At the same time, the Government proceeds to thousands of lay-offs of substitute teachers from schools, while in the protest of teachers for their right to work, they responded using violence

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To The Trade Unions Of Europe and the World

TO The Trade Unions Of Europe and the World

 We Denounce the Provocative and Dangerous Intervention of ITUC-ETUC In The Internal Affairs of the Greek Trade Union Movement

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Federations and the Regional Trade Unions of Greece that cosign this resolutionand on behalf of the thousands of workers and trade unions from all sectors we send you this message of rage and indignation.

We were surprised to be informed that, in contact with the former GSEE President,the General Secretaries of ITUC and ETUC contacted the Greek authorities asking them to take repressive measures against our trade unions and especially our delegates, who expressed their disagreement with the GSEE leadership, in the Congress of the General Confederation of Workers of Greece.

For months, in Greece, our unions have denounced that the specific majority in theleadership of GSEE, the same leadership that cosigned wage cuts for the workers of Greece and handed over our right to go on strike. We have openly denounced the efforts of the GSEE leadership to accept the presence and involvement of employers inside the trade unions of Greece.

Hereare onlyindicatively some of the examples that the majority of the GSEE leadership attempted to present at the Congress as representatives of workers:

Vice-PresidentandTreasurerof Bank Board of Directors, CEOs and HR Managers from Commercial chains,Shipowners, PresidentsandManagingDirectorsofInsuranceCompanies,the President of the Greek-British Chamber, Presidents and Vice-presidents of Limited Companies and hundreds of managers of Ltds Companies.

Moreover, we have made numerous complaints for election fraud, for presentation of false documents and non-existing unions. In addition we have denounced the mismanagement of millions of euros that led members of the Financial Committee (of GSEE) not to sign and not accept the FinanceReport of the outgoing GSEE leadership

Is also very provocative, the remaining in the leadership of the GSEE of the notorious employer D. Karageorgopoulos, who not only is a President, CEO and shareholder of several companies- and therefore not a worker- but also hehas been denounced for the use of armed henchmen against trade unionists at the Congress of the Federation of Private Employees.

Certainly, the complaints are so many, as well as the irregular and improper procedures used by the former GSEE leadership to remain in power, that there are numerous detailed official complaints and denouncements to both the Athens Bar Association and the Greek Courts.

For this weask:

Under what jurisdiction are ITUC-ETUC involved in the internal processes of the Greek trade union movement?

UnderwhatjurisdictionareITUC-ETUC attacking against Federations and Regional Trade Unions that are represented with 10 members in the Administrative Council of the General Confederation of Greek Workers, 3 members in the Executive Committee, 6 membersin the General Council, 4 members in the Financial Committee and other bodies of trade unions? UnderwhatjurisdictiontheITUC-ETUCareattacking trade unions and trade unionists that defend workers’ trade union rights and answer to the workers who elected them?

UnderwhatjurisdictionITUC-ETUC demand the use of repression mechanisms against the legally elected representatives of the Greek Trade Unions, by the governments that imposed on Greece the memorandums and banned the Collective Bargaining and Workers’ Rights in Strike?

Underwhat jurisdiction do ITUC-ETUC announce that GSEE will hold its Congress on April 4th, when this has not been decided by a collective body of the Greek Trade Union Movement?

The intervention of ITUC-ETUC aims to support employers who want to be elected as workers’ representatives, to support a trade union mafia that is supported by the big business groups and the governments of the memorandums.

WhatWorkers’ TradeUnionsacceptPresidents of Ltd. and Bankers as members? ProbablyforITUC-ETUC it is normal to represent workers, people that have 30,40 or 50 times more the wage of a worker.

The provocative intervention ofITUC-ETUC on the internal affairs of the Greek trade union movement is based only on their aim to maintain in the General Confederation of Greek Workers a leadership with practices of trade union mafia! A leadership that supported the anti-workers’measures and protected the multinationals of Greece against the unions and trade unionists who are really fighting for the interests of the workers. In their blind attempt to attack the militant, real workers’ trade unions in Greece, they did not even keep anypretexts. Continue reading

FISE denounces the entrance of the police in schools of Catalonia

The World Federation of Teachers Union, FISE, denounces the entrance of the police in schools of Catalonia

The World Federation of Teachers Union, FISE, affiliated member to WFTU, the World Federation of Trade Unions, denounces the entrance of the police in schools of Catalonia in search of pro-independence symbology in a clear persecution of freedom of expression.

The World Federation of Teachers Union, FISE, has been informed that on March 22, officers of the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalonia Autonomous Police) entered in educational centers throughout Catalonia to observe on the spot if there was “political symbology in public areas”, that is some symbols that according to unknown criteria have been removed by the police officers.

On behalf of the FISE Federation we completely reject the invasion of the police at the educational centers and the ideological persecution against the pro-independent teachers, and therefore we demand explanations for this abusive and intimidating practice that coerces teachers and violates the freedom of expression and thought of the faculty of public education in Catalonia.

Before the ideological persecution and the violation of fundamental rights, as World Federation of Teachers Union, we position ourselves next to the teachers of Catalonia and those that want to pressure teachers will find us right opposite them.

On behalf of the FISE we want to end up by saying that we demand that this hunt of witches of the independence movement in Catalonia be stopped and we call the pertinent authorities of the country that these circumstances will not happen again.

Barcelona, March 26, 2019