Greece Solidarity Update - May 2015  

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The time for solidarity is now

The Greek government has won some more time, but the hardliners in the EU, IMF and partners seem intent on destruction. 

Anti austerity leaders in Greece have called for an international week of solidarity, backed by the world's leading economists and a major enquiry to uncover the truth about the debt is underway. 

Latest news, views and solidarity actions below.

Plea for sanity and humanity

Leading economists, including Professors Piketty and Stiglitz have written to the FT in a final hour plea for economic sanity and humanity in the Greek debt talks. 

In the letter published 5 June, experts calls for an end to Greek austerity being demanded by the EU and partners and explains how a positive plan for rebuilding the Greek economy benefits us all. Read more. 

Global Action 

Syriza has called for an international week of action in defence of Greece. Read more

In the US, the Solidarity of All movement in Greece are touring to build support. Read more 

Marches are planned to take part in major cities across Europe.

For UK action see below. 

Debt Truth Inquiry

The first report from the Debt Truth Committee will be published 19 June. This is a special committee of the Hellenic Parliament set up to carry out a public investigation and audit into public debt in Greece.  Read more 

Paul Mason discussed the potential illegalities it uncovers as the basis for legal action   
Read more

The campaign in Europe

Zoe Konstantopoulou – the Speaker of the Greek Parliament - addresses speakers of all EU national parliaments, hosted by the Italian Parliament.  

She explains the impact of austerity policies, the truth about the public debt and the violation of democracy and human rights in Greece. 

View the video  

International bloc

The Greece Solidarity Campaign, International Peoples Assembly, Syriza UK and many more are forming an international bloc as part of the Peoples Assembly National Demonstration to End Austerity Now, 20 June. 

All welcome to join 

Read more

Debt protest 23 June 

The Greece Solidarity Campaign along with Jubilee Debt Campaign and International Peoples Assembly are holding a Drop the Debt rally, Tuesday 23 June 6.30pm, Trafalgar Square.

Anti-debt campaigners are finalising an international petition on the debt that will be promoted on the day. 

Read more 

Leading Greek activist on R4 

Marina Prentoulis, spokesperson for Syriza in London spoke on Radio 4's Today Programme 25 May.

She described the efforts of the IMF, European Central Bank and partners to asphyxiate Greece and what this means for Europe. 

Listen to the interview

Collective bargaining in Greece  

TUC Head of International Relations,
Owen Tudor, explains why Syriza is demanding the restoration of collective bargaining in Greece in the debt talks.

He sets out how this must be a shared struggle across Europe for stronger unions to for jobs, prosperity and economic development. Read more 

Victory to Greek Cleaners! 

In defiance of the IMF and EU the Greek Parliament confirmed the reinstatement of fighting cleaners, as part of a range of measures for the public sector.  

MPs from the former coalition parties, New Democracy and PASOK walked out before the vote. 

Read more

Mohammed's struggle 

Anti-Fascist Action for Greece are campaigning for a refugee called Mohammed to stay in the UK. Mohammed was granted asylum in Greece.

As a human rights activist he was repeatedly attacked by members of Golden Dawn. In 2013 he fled to the UK where his claim for asylum was turned down. His appeal takes place 31 July.  Read more

How to get involved 

Join the GSC as an individual or affiliate your organisation
Donate. All money for the GSC is for campaigning, all money for
Medical Aid for Greece is for Solidarity Health Clinics in Greece
Organise - hold a meeting, set up a local group
All welcome at GSC organising meetings 6pm on 3rd Wed monthly Unite the Union, 128 Theobalds Road, London.
Next meeting Wed 17 June, 6pm 
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