Class solidarity must now be even more decisively strengthened.
In its statement the Press Office of the CC of the KKE stressed the following regarding the six new dismissals of steelworkers by the employer at “Greek Steelworks”:
“The KKE denounces to the people the six new intimidating and vengeful dismissals of leading militant steelworkers by the big capitalist Manesis, in order to strike against their defiant class convictions. It is not at all accidental that the big employers and their collaborators targeted the six workers who were arrested by the forces of repression during their violent assault on the factory gates ordered by the Public Prosecutor and the Prime Minister. A member of the union’s administration and 2 reserve members are among the 6 leading steelworkers who have been dismissed.
The unrestrained aggressiveness of Manesis, the display of hate by the managers and their thugs against the heroic steelworkers have the full support and backing of the ND-PASOK Democratic Left coalition government, the entire state apparatus, the TV channels and newspapers which serve the plutocracy. The Minister of Labour has been completely exposed and has been shown to be complicit regarding the six new dismissals, as he provided cover for and encouraged the lies and provocations against the steelworkers in the name of allegedly protecting jobs.
The Minister of Justice bears the political responsibility and cannot remain silent when the public prosecutors and other judges openly operate as the agents of Manesis, participating in the plan to intimidate and suppress the just struggle of the steelworkers.
This is the democracy of the big industrialists and their servants: threats, slanders, blatant intimidation, cruel exploitation of the workers, are what they want to prevail in the factories and the workplaces. In order to safeguard their profits and competitiveness, they are attempting with every means at their disposal to force the workers to accept destitution, subjugation and humiliation.
The savage coordinated assault against the heroic steelworkers must stir up the anger of the people and particularly of the working class and progressive people. Class solidarity, rallying and counterattack must be even more decisively strengthened. The steelworkers’ struggle concerns the entire working class, is an example and points to the road of uncompromising class struggle for the just cause, honour and victory of the working class.”