Thursday, 29 March 2012

Trade unions and austerity: Athens, March 2012


During a visit to Athens at the start of the week on behalf of the GFTU I took the opportunity to briefly interview Christina Theochari of the Athens Labour Centre. The Centre is a partner in a GFTU project funded by the European Commission on active ageing.

I was keen to get Christina's take on the current position of Greek trade unions and the austerity programme of the government. There is much on-going debate across the European trade union movement around the extent to which labour movements are seen to support austerity measures or not, and Christina's take on the role of Greek trade unions and the economic crisis is not only thought provoking, but a clear illustration of the vital role that unions can play in supporting workers during the economic crisis.

In Solidarity

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