SUPPORT THE 595 WOMEN CLEANERS
OF THE GREEK MINISTRY OF FINANCE!
Global Solidarity Day • September 20, 2014
Dear Friend of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy,
The 595 women cleaners at the Greek Ministry of Finance have asked for our support for the Saturday September 20 commemoration of the year-long struggle for their jobs and dignity. Please take a moment to let them know that they are not alone.
You can add your name to the growing international list of defenders of these determined women at http://595katharistries.wordpress.com/international-solidarity/. (Scroll down the page to enter your name.) If you like, you can add a brief message of support and encouragement.
In peace and solidarity,
Joanne Landy Tom Harrison
Co-Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy
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We are 595 women cleaners of the Greek Ministry of Finance and since September 17, 2013, we have been unemployed. The Government laid us off and chose to give our jobs to sub-contractors, with absolutely no financial benefit to the state. Our wages ranged from 300 to 650 euro a month. We are not numbers, we are human beings!
We haven’t bowed our heads in submission. Since September 17th, we have been in the streets every day, claiming back our jobs, claiming back our lives.
The Government has employed every means available to try to suppress our just fight. Pictures of defenseless 50 or 60-year-old women beaten up by riot police have spread around the world. Many of us were taken to hospital after barbaric and unjustifiable police attacks against us.
We have opted for dignity. Ten months of struggle, ten months of poverty and problems! But we continue to fight. We continue our struggle. We demand the self-evident: our right to a decent life.
A wave of support is sweeping across the country. Workers, laid off workers, unemployed people, students, pensioners, and artists are all showing their support in every way imaginable.
The Greek courts have vindicated us, but the Government refuses to comply with the courts’ decision. Instead, the government wants revenge because we have opted for dignity.
SOLIDARITY IS THE PEOPLES’ WEAPON. We call on you to express your solidarity with our struggle for life and dignity. We call on you to sign the support petition and help collect signatures, which will force the Government to execute the court decision – something that will cost nothing to the Greek state.
TOGETHER WE CAN STOP THESE BARBARIC POLICIES.
PLEASE SEND SOLIDARITY GREETINGS TODAY AT
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