EXCLUSIVE: UK civil servants urge support for Greek general strike

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EXCLUSIVE: UK civil servants urge support for Greek general strike

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) fully support a general strike in Greece and have called for UK unions to coordinate activity to defeat the cuts, the union’s leader said today.

Greek workers are set to take part in yet another general strike on November 6th in response to public sector layoffs and cuts demanded by international lenders.

The 24-hour stoppage is expected to bring the country to a halt with millions set to take to the streets in protest at continuing austerity.

The All Workers Militant Front (PAME) will head up the strike along with other trade unionists in the country.

Speaking exclusively to the Dreadnaught about the upcoming strike, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

“We fully support our colleagues across Greece who are fighting against of the harshest austerity measures in Europe.”

“We have said for a long time a coordinated approach by unions here in the UK is also required to defeat our government’s ideological obsession with cuts.”

The Greek government has ruled out more austerity but unions fear it will need to impose further tax rises plus wage and pension cuts to meet its bailout targets in the coming years.

The IMF and European lenders have bailed out Greece twice to the tune of 240 billion euros ($324.5 billion) and are set to return to Athens by the end of this month to continue a review of Greek reforms and update growth and budget forecasts.

– For more information on the strike please visit: http://www.pamehellas.gr/index.php/en/

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