Trade, Privatisation, Greece, Austria
ADEDY, the public service confederation, has called a 24-hour strike on 15 October. It has a wide range of demands starting with calls for increased funding for healthcare, filling vacancies and taking appropriate anti-COVID 19 action with provision of personal protective equipment and extension and increase in allowances for dangerous and unhealthy work. ADEDY also wants to see action across the public services to tackle staff shortages and recruit more workers on permanent contracts and to stop privatisation.
On Thursday the 22nd of February a group of trade unionists including the president and vice president of EYDAP visited the European Public Service Union (EPSU) to discuss the struggles they are facing with the water privatisation in Greece.
Around 30000 workers employed by the health institutions federation in Vienna will see their pay and conditions protected following an agreement that removes the threat of privatisation. The deal will also mean higher starting salaries for new workers and a minimum wage of EUR 1670 a month. The younion representing the health workers regards this as a positive example of social partnership and a valuable contribution to social justice.
(5 October 2016) The Greek Parliament voted to partly privatize the water companies of Athens and Thessaloniki 27 September 2016. This decision was taken despite the broad resistance to it. Unions and social movements had been fighting the proposals till the last moment. These actions included:3
(26 September 2016) Greek water workers of the Athens and Thessaloniki water companies stopped work this 26 September. They will engage in a 24h strike on the 27th. They are protesting the privatization of the Athens and Thessaloniki Water companies. The Greek government under pressure of the