GSEE-ADEDY rally ends in central Athens

A protest rally and march held in Athens' Klafthmonos Square on Thursday by the country's two main trade union federations, the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) and the civil servants union federation ADEDY, against the privatisation of state-owned enterprises and public utility companies ended at around 13:30 in Syntagma Square.
About 3,000 people turned out for the rally, after which representatives of the umbrella trade union groups and public utility staff unions presented a resolution to Parliament stating their objections to the proposed privatisation of public utilities, the Post Bank and other state-sector enterprises to local and foreign investors.
GSEE President Yiannis Panagopoulos stressed that the vision of Greece and the Greek people could not be to "take out loans and constantly borrow" and that an exit from the crisis demanded development and work for young people.

According to Panagopoulos, these could only be offered by publicly owned companies and organisations that were not "silver to be sold off but tools of development that we shall defend in every way possible".

ADEDY president Spyros Papaspyros described the privatisations, abolitions and mergers of state enterprises and organisations a "large per capital tax not just at the expense of the workers but of all citizens that would be forced to pay more for services, public and social goods".

Among those attending the rally was Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras and a representative of the Democratic Left party.

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