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Δελτίο τύπου: Η ΑΝΤΑΡΣΥΑ ΗΒ θα συμμετάσχει στην καμπάνια LEXIT.

H ANTAΡΣΥΑ Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου αποφάσισε την πλήρη στήριξη και συμμετοχή στην καμπάνια LEXIT (την καμπάνια αριστερής εξόδου απο την ΕΕ) την οποία θεωρεί απαραίτητο εργαλείο για την ήττα των κυβερνητικών πολιτικών λιτότητας στο ΗΒ και την υπόλοιπη Ευρώπη.

Ενώ εξακολουθούμε να βιώνουμε τις συνέπειες της παγκόσμιας οικονομικής κρίσης και ενώ έχουμε διασώσει τα χρηματοπιστωτικά ιδρύματα που την προκάλεσαν, συνεχίζουμε να πληρώνουμε ώστε να ανακτήσουν τα κέρδη τους. Η κρίση και οι συνέπειες της συνεχίζουν να πληρώνονται απο τους εργαζομένους, τους νέους, τους φτωχούς και τους ανέργους. Αυτή είναι η «συλλογική» απάντηση στην κρίση απο όλες τις κυβερνήσεις της ΕΕ (συμπεριλαμβανόμενης και της Βρετανικής).

Σήμερα περισσότερο απο ποτέ, καθίσταται σαφές οτι η ΕΕ πάντα αντιπροσώπευε αυτά τα συμφέροντα, ενώ όποια «πλεονεκτήματα» δεν ήταν παρα αποτέλεσμα της διακρατικής «ευθυγράμμισης». Η ΕΕ οδηγεί σε παρατεταμένη λιτότητα και αυταρχική καταστολή ενώ στερείται δημοκρατικών λειτουργιών και θεσμοθετεί το ρατσισμό και την καταστολή. Καταδικάζει διάφορες κοινωνικές ομάδες στη φτώχεια καταστρέφοντας τον δημόσιο πλούτο και τις δημόσιες υπηρεσίες.

Η επίθεση στα δικαιώματα των λαών πραγματοποιείται απο τις κυβερνήσεις και ενορχηστρώνεται απο την ΕΕ. Στη Βρετανία οι κυρίαρχες δυνάμεις του κεφαλαίου και η πλειοψηφία των υπαλλήλων τους, θέλουν να παραμείνουν στην ΕΕ.

Βλέπουμε ωστόσο σημάδια αισιοδοξίας στους λαικούς αγώνες και την αλληλεγγύη. Η Ευρώπη κλονίζεται απο την επανεμφάνιση αγώνων όπως οι τεράστιες εργατικές διαδηλώσεις στη Γαλλία ή οι μεγαλειώδεις κινητοποιήσεις στη Βρετανία ενάντια στη λιτότητα και την κυβέρνηση του Κάμερον. Τα παραδοσιακά πολιτικά κόμματα αδυνατούν να εκφράσουν τη λαική οργή. Στην προσπαθειά τους να εκτρέψουν την ευθύνη για τη λιτότητα, παρέχουν πρόσφορο έδαφος για ρατσιστικές και φασιστικές εκφράσεις.

Οι εργαζόμενοι και οι νεολαίοι πρέπει να στηρίξουν την καμπάνια με τον αγώνα τους ενάντια στις πολιτικές της ΕΕ της λιτότητας και του ρατσισμού και την ολοκληρωτική καταστροφή των δημόσιων υπηρεσιών και να συνεχίσουν με καλύτερους όρους τη μάχη ενάντια στη συντηρητική κυβέρνηση, μέχρι τη διάλυση της ΕΕ. H ANTAΡΣΥΑ Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου στηρίζει την καμπάνια ως μέρος του διεθνιστικού καθήκοντος προωθήσης της ενότητας των αγώνων ενάντια στο Ευρωπαικό κεφάλαιο.

ΑΝΤΑΡΣΥΑ ΗΒ

Λονδίνο, 23.5.2016


Press release: ANTARSYA UK will participate in the LEXIT Campaign

ANTARSYA UK has decided to fully back and participate in the LEXIT campaign – the Left Leave Campaign. ANTARSYA UK considers LEXIT as a necessary weapon for the defeat of the government policies of austerity in the UK and throughout Europe.

We are still experiencing the effects of the global economic crisis but after having bailed out the financial institutions, which triggered the crisis, we still pay for them to recover their failing profits. This crisis and its outcomes are still paid by the workers, the youth, the poor and the unemployed. This is the “collective” response to this crisis by all the EU governments (the UK included). Today, more than ever, it is becoming clear that the EU has always represented these same interests with any apparent “benefits” only as a result of transnational “alignment”. The EU has been regressing into prolonged austerity and authoritarian repression while it institutionalized racism and discrimination, lacking democratic functions. It is condemning various social groups to poverty, destroying public wealth and services.

The attack on the peoples’ rights is carried out by governments and coordinated by the EU. In Britain the dominant forces of capital and the majority of their public servants want to stay in the EU.

We can yet see signs of optimism in the popular struggle and solidarity. Europe is shaken by the reappearance of fighting people, such as the huge workers’ demonstrations in France or the majestic marches in Britain against austerity and the Cameron government. The traditional political parties are failing to reflect and express the popular anger. In their efforts to deflect the blame and responsibility for austerity they are also providing the breeding ground for racist and fascist expressions.

The working people and the young must “brand” the Left Leave the EU campaign with their struggle against the EU policies of austerity, racism and wholesale destruction of public services and continue on better terms the battle against the conservative government, until the dissolution of the EU. ANTARSYA UK backs the LEXIT campaign as part of the internationalist duty to foster the unity of the people fighting against the EuroCapital.

London, 23.5.2016

 


ANTARSYA welcomes the LEXIT Campaign

ANTARSYA welcomes the LEXIT Campaign

ANTARSYA welcomes the establishment of the LEXIT campaign – the Left Leave Campaign- and considers it a necessary weapon for the defeat of the government policies of austerity in the UK and throughout Europe.

We are still experiencing the effects of the global economic crisis but after having bailed out the financial institutions, which triggered the crisis, we still pay for them to recover their failing profits. This crisis and its outcomes are still paid by the workers, the youth, the poor and the unemployed. This is the “collective” response to this crisis by all the EU governments (the UK included). Today, more than ever, it is becoming clear that the EU has always represented these same interests with any apparent “benefits” only as a result of transnational “alignment”. The EU has been regressing into prolonged austerity and authoritarian repression while it institutionalized racism and discrimination, lacking democratic functions. It is condemning various social groups to poverty, destroying public wealth and services.

The attack on the peoples’ rights is carried out by governments and coordinated by the EU. In Britain the dominant forces of capital and the majority of their public servants want to stay in the EU.

We can yet see signs of optimism in the popular struggle and solidarity. Europe is shaken by the reappearance of fighting people, such as the huge workers’ demonstrations in France or the majestic marches in Britain against austerity and the Cameron government. The traditional political parties are failing to reflect and express the popular anger. In their efforts to deflect the blame and responsibility for austerity they are also providing the breeding ground for racist and fascist expressions.

The working people and the young must “brand” the Left Leave the EU campaign with their struggle against the EU policies of austerity, racism and wholesale destruction of public services and continue on better terms the battle against the conservative government, until the dissolution of the EU. ANTARSYA will be on the side of the LEXIT campaign as part of the internationalist duty to foster the unity of the people fighting against the EuroCapital.

 

 

London, 23.4.2016

 

ANTARSYA UK


Harsh violence and bloodshed validates the EU-Turkey deal and the Syriza-Anel law passed by the Hellenic Parliament regarding refugees.

Harsh violence and bloodshed validate the EU-Turkey deal and the Syriza-Anel law passed by the Hellenic Parliament regarding refugees.

On last Friday (01/04/2016), 800 refugees detained at Chios’ Hotspot (VIAL) broke down the fence wires, heading towards the port in search of a way to escape. At the same time, 5 platoon police forces were transferred to the island. Further to that, the ferry, changing its routine route, was re-directed and moored 40 km away from the port.

On Saturday (02/04/2016), 78 refugees selected from the remaining population within VIAL were violently carried over the town handcuffed in order to be deported on Monday morning. Refugees were transferred with riot police crates to Tampakika of Chios, whilst nine people in solidarity heading towards VIAL were arrested by the police!

Refugees who escaped from VIAL on Sunday remain in the port and make suicide threats in case of their detention or return to Turkey. Political and social formations as well as individuals insist in standing by their side, defending their democratic rights and safeguarding the territory from events of police and racist violence.

Early on Monday, 4 hours before the announced schedule, 66 refugees from Tampakika were carried over a boat with a Frontex escort and sent back to Turkey. In the same vein, further 136 refugees got deported from Lesvos.

Greek government sends the message in every direction that it will unswervingly implement this agreement, using harsh violent against refugees, people in solidarity and every citizen who will attempt to obstruct their way.

The events of the last days in Chios foreground the real character of this agreement and the law passed on Friday. These events foreshadow what will happen in Greece from now on.

We denounce the Greek government and the horrendous policy of refugees’ deportations.

We call working people and youth to stand by refugees by all means and safeguard the rights and freedoms of the country.

By sending back refugees to reactionary, authoritative regimes and dictatorships or countries such as Turkey where political and democratic rights of its own people have been disdained, where the undeclared war against Kurdish people has been raging, the Greek government becomes an accomplice in the crimes committed.

STOP DEPORTATIONS NOW!

ANTARSYA UK


Fight against the new pension system reform bill!

THE GOVERNMENTS’ MONSTROSITY WILL NOT PASS

DECENT PUBLIC HEALTHCARE AND PENSIONS FOR ALL

The governments’ plan for the insurance system is a deeply unpopular bill which demolishes what social character was left in the insurance system, converts insurance into an individuals’ obligation, brutally cuts pensions and consolidates the insured in poverty. The measures it includes are the starting point of the negotiations with the creditors’ quartet. If this is the starting point we can imagine how much worse the conclusion will be…

It is a brutal neoliberal reform and a worthy continuation of the policies of ND and PASOK.

The basic philosophy of the bill is that everyone is responsible for their own insurance. If you have spent periods in unemployment or doing undeclared or flexible work… bad luck! Maybe at some point, at a very old age you get a pension of 300 Euros.

The bill builds upon the reactionary framework set by all the previous governments which remains intact (Loverdos-Koutroumanis law etc)

It will lead – especially – young workers to undeclared work and will open the way for private insurance companies as in the current context of long-term unemployment and flexible labor nobody can hope to complete 40 years of insurance in order to get a small pension!

WHAT THE BILL INCLUDES

A. CONSOLIDATION IN POVERTY

1. It proposes reductions to main and supplementary pensions of 15-30% for the large majority of the insured and those who have already retired. The reduction comes from a) the much lower base of calculation of the “pensionable earnings” as they are calculated on the basis of the total insurance life. b) the lower “replacement rate” which falls to 46% (from 70% and 90% in the past) for the “proportional pension” for 40 years of work. c) the abolition of all funds and their specific provisions. The bill abolishes the minimum pension. Even the measly allowance of 284 Euros (gross pay) is not given whole before the completion of 67 years (until then it is slashed by 6% a year) and is slashed by 25% even for people with a disability rate over 67%! For the already retired the 13th and 14th pensions are abolished – and the government has the audacity to say that it does not reduce pensions.

2. Cuts to supplementary pensions. Cuts will start at 8% and reach between 15% and 30% in some cases so that approximately 200 million Euros are directly saved. In the future supplementary pensions will be calculated based on “demographic data” and “life expectancy” hence they will be decreased even more. Cutback and abolishment of the EKAS. Higher income criteria are adopted as a result of which it is lost for 70,000 poor pensioners so that 223 million Euros are saved until its’ final abolition in 2019. Large additional cuts to pensions in the public sector. Reductions up to 40% to public dividends so that expenditure is cut by 146 million Euros. Reductions between 10% and 15% to the new lump sum so that expenditure is reduced by 87 million euros.

B. INCREASE OF TOTAL YEARS OF WORK

3. The bill leads to increase of years that are required for retirement (abolishment of special regimes or retirement in the Public sector or favourable provision of several funds). It is not far from reality that teachers in kindergarten classes will be 70 years old, whilst in the private sector, employees are forced to early retirements with extremely

C. ATTACK ON THE SELF-EMPLOYED, FARMERS AND EMPLOYEES WHO PROVIDE SERVICES

4. The bill is related to harsh measures against the employees who work under the regime of Bulletin of Provision of Services. The total social security contributions that they must pay account for 38.5% of their income! This is added to the onerous taxation (26% of their revenues). All these lead to a huge deterioration of living standards of the young scientists who work under the regime of Bulletin of Provision of Services and the self-employed. The farmers face the same problems, as their contributions will be tripled!

D. THE COST OF PENSION SYSTEM REFORM IS CALLED TO BE PAID BY THE WORKERS

5. The bill also calls for an increase in contributions for secondary pensions up to 1.5% (1% will be paid by the employers and 0.5% by the employees) in order to increase pension funds’ revenues up to €346 million. The employers sacrifice, in short-term, a minimum of the huge reduction of their contributions (down to 4.9%), applied by the previous Samaras’ government, in order to politically support the current government for passing pension system reform bill. By and large, the workers will pay the increase.

THE LIES OF THE GOVERNMENT DO NOT CONVINCE ANYONE!

The government accuses Samaras and Venizelos, the previous governments, of the huge deterioration of pension system conditions. The governors state that “the reform is necessary given that in 5 years we will be not be able to provide pensions” in the wake of “high pensions and great imbalances”, continuing a previous rhetoric, of ex-minister Pagkalos, which claimed that “it was the mentality, the attitude and the practices of all the people in Greece that has led to the bad performance of the Greek economy, the corruption, the bribery and the great spending of public money for personal use”. It is a common knowledge that pension funds went bankrupt by the spending of their reserves, during the last decades. The causes were the illegal loans, with the great support of the State, that banks were providing, even with negative interest rate, the €70 billion that were plundered, the €tens of billions that were lost by the haircut of the Greek State bonds that the pension funds were holding, and by the money of the pension funds that were used in pay-off previous debt and interest rates to IMF in 2015. The bad conditions of pension system were also caused by the huge unemployment rate, which creates and stimulates the capitalist crisis around the globe, by the contributions’ evasion of the employers, by the informal employment and shadow economy and by the Stage programs in both the private and public sector.

In this context, the government does not deal with any of these; it just attacks on the workers and young people by cutting the expenditures towards the pension system down to €1.8 billion, destroying their life.

Our needs and the interests of the working class are in complete contrast to the barbarian rationale of the capital, the IMF-EU-ECB-ESM and their governments. The social security, the care, the dignified pension are social rights. We fight to take back the wealth that we produce, which the faster it grows the more quickly it is concentrated in capital hands.

SHOULDN’T BE VOTED – FIGHT NOW

    Our fight is for a public and decent pension scheme:

  1. SYRIZA-ANEL government’s policy should be defeated along with EU-ECB-ESM-IMF. Pension scheme is a human right, not a market product. Exclusively public pension scheme based on social needs, accessible to everyone with no pre-conditions.
  2. Minimum pension equal to basic salary. All cuts from 2009 in pensions and salaries to be banned. Give us back the 13th and 14th main and auxiliary pension. We say NO to the demolishment of current pension organisations.
  3. Retirement at the age of 60 for men and 55 for women, or after 30 years of employment. Retirement at the age of 55 for men and 50 for women for hazardous occupations. Significant reduction of unemployment is feasible only by reducing the retirement age.
  4. Full pension and healthcare cover for the unemployed and part-time employee. Ban every form of flexible and unsafe contracts.
  5. Employers and the state should pay for the pension cost of their employees, and the unemployed too. Ban the employee’s deduction for health services. Banks, employees and the State must return back to the Pension Organisations accounts the stolen money. Pension Organisations accounts should not participate in any form of gambling.
  6. We ask for protection of the self-employed and farmers’ pensions.
  7. Give equal pension and employment rights to the immigrants.

Our fight for a decent pension scheme is a fight against the capital, EU and IMF. The referendum experience showed that within the EU and the Eurozone limits, the memoranda can’t be defeated. Out of the Eurozone is the alternative way. Rupture with employers and investors terms, who basically aim for no pensions, to maximise their profit. Workers should take charge of the banks and the large companies to ensure that employers and the state pay their deductions instead of destroying people pensions. We shall win. Tsipras will end up like the former Minister of Pensions, Mr Giannitsis, who was banned from his Ministry back in 2003 after trying to impose a much lighter pension scheme reform.

ANTARSYA

ATHENS, JANUARY 2016


ANTARSYA denounces the authoritarian practices of the Dutch police

 

European governments continue adopting the hate campaign of extreme right against refugees and immigrants. EU-policies have resulted in many refugees being drowned in the Aegean sea and in building fences at EU’s frontiers. ANTARSYA denounces the authoritarian practice of the Dutch police that yesterday 23/1, the Dutch police arrested 10 women (among them a member of ANTARSYA) protesting peacefully against the provocative anti-refugee campaign of the far-right leader Geert Wilders.

Specifically, on Saturday 23/1, Wilders handed out fake pepper spray to women in the open market of Rotterdam’s popular suburb, Spijkenisse, as a defence-weapon in case of attack by male refugees. Exploiting the events of Cologne, Wilders aims at activating popular conservative reflexes, as refugee centers are set up hastily in  villages, little towns and popular neighborhoods that have been particularly affected by the austerity  policies of the Rutte-government.

In response to a spontaneous invitation for a protest siged by “Feminists for resistance-spray “, 10 women went to Spijkenisse, opened banners and shouted slogans against Wilder’s antimigrant campaign: “Wilders is a fascist, not a feminist”, “Refugees welcome” were the main slogans. Wilders’supporters attacked the 10 women with insults and obscene gestures.

The Dutch Police clearly sided with Wilders, by leaving his followers free to attack verbally the 10 women and finally by arresting the 10 women with allegations of non-display of their identity and breach of the public order. The 10 were taken to the police station, where they faced the miserable behavior of the police. They were put in isolation, faced insults and bullying, while in some cases, they were denied the provision of water, blanket and access to a lawyer. 9 of them were released after six hours, after getting a fine of several hundreds of Euros!

The blunt arrest of the 10 women, the repressive treatment and the tolerance for Wilders’ supporters aim at promoting racism in the Dutch society due to response to refugees’. This polarization benefits in different ways the entire range of the Dutch neoliberal political forces, and in particular Rutte’s government by leaving it undisturbed to promote its highly authoritarian neoliberal agenda.

ANTARSYA