|Thursday, 14 December 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-10
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Massive & Peaceful Labour RallyIn a massive and peaceful rally staged by Greece's two main umbrella union federations GSEE (General Confederation of Workers of Greece) and ADEDY (Civil Servants' Supreme Administrative Council), employees demonstrated their commitment to democracy and political, labour and social rights.
Addressing the protesters gathered at Syntagma Square in central Athens, GSEE head Giannis Panagopoulos underlined that the government's policy would change, warning that If not, it would be toppled. He then invited the employees to another rally outside the Parliament building on the day the state budget is set to be voted.
Panagopoulos condemned the killing of the 15-year-old boy, yet he urged the young to turn their back to raw violence and join trade unions.
ADEDY head Spyros Papaspyros, on his part, touched on the shooting of the teen, as well as on the government's bailout plan. He termed the recent developments as a landmark, calling on everyone to stay committed to struggles and never lose their anger, with a view to shaping a new social and political reality.
GSSE secretary and leader he ruling New Democracy (ND) affiliated trade union group DAKE Kostas Poupakis voiced his sorrow over the tragic loss of the 15-year-old boy and blasted raw violence irrespective of its origins. He further highlighted the need for national unity and consensus.
Papariga on Wednesday's Strike
Addressing a rally staged by PAME, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga stressed, "There are major struggles ahead and we can successfully deal with them."
In the meantime, a KKE statement issued on the occasion of the anti-government demonstrations read: "Such massive, decisive and guarded demonstrations show the way and the content of a labour counter-attack for the rights of the working class and the young and against the capital, the EU and its parties. They are the genuine answer to the government's policy and the campaign to have the justified indignation of thousands of young people directed to harmless paths."
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