The level of antiwar mobilisations of the Greek workers and youth over
the past few weeks, including several general strikes,
is an indication of a deeper and more wide-ranging process that is
developing in Greece. As the PASOK government faces defeat in next
year's elections, Fred Weston looks at what is happening in the Greek
trade unions, the youth and the left parties in general.
In the recent period Greece has been gripped by a wave of strikes involving ever wider layers.The PASOK government is facing more and more opposition as the effects of its austerity measures bite into the living standards of ordinary working people. This has opened up the prospect of the PASOK possibly losing the next general election.
Two weeks ago the PASOK (Greek Socialist Party) was ousted from power and the
conservative ND (New Democracy) were elected to government. Has Greek society
therefore shifted to the right? A closer look at the voting patterns shows that
a majority actually voted for the left parties, who together got 52%. It also
shows that the PASOK lost precisely because of its conservative policies.