The Greek trade unions have called a general strike for Thursday 1 December. GSEE international officer Zoe Lanara explains why.
Today’s general strike, called by the Greek General Confederation of Labour GSEE and the civil servants’ confederation ADEDY, is designed to protest the country’s 2012 budget which brings €7.1 billion in new regular and emergency taxes and heaps further cuts on pensions, wages and social spending. The new budget plainly shows who is paying for the crisis and how injustice is piled on injustice. Wage earners and pensioners who in 2011 paid 55.5% of all taxes (52.5% in 2008) are now being told to pay more while businessmen, if they pay at all, contribute only 28.6% (30.8% in 2008).