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Trial of the 35 cadres of PAME
The All-workers Militant Front (PAME) denounces the reference of 35 of its cadres to a new trial for the mobilization organized on the 30th of January 2013 by class-oriented federations and trade unions at the Ministry of Labour to protest against the provocative statements of the then Minister of Labour G. Vroutsis that "the social-security system was built on the basis of clientelist relationships”.
The statement mentions that:
"On the 16th of March, the "independent" judiciary is again dragging the 25 cadres of PAME to trial, presidents and members of the executives of dozens of trade union organizations, who after repeated postponements were found innocent, as all the charges against them made by the previous ND government and the then Minister of Labour G.Vroutsis were refuted, because they attempted to carry out a protest in his office.
The fabricated indictment which is being resuscitated is related to the mobilization organized on 30/2/2013 by class-oriented federations and trade unions at the Ministry of Labour to protest against the provocative statements of the then Minister of Labour G.Vroutsis that "the social-security system was built on the basis of clientelist relationships”.
The previous government attempted to set up a provocation, accusing the trade unionists of causing damage to the office of the Minister of Labour. The published photographs and the witnesses exposed the provocation and the indictment collapsed, leading to the exoneration of all the accused.
In light of the new demands of the business groups and the negotiations to complete a new agreement between the SYRIZA-ANEL government and the institutions, there is an attempt to under way to impose a deathly silence in the sectors and workplaces. In any case, amongst the new anti-people measures, a basic aspect of the new agreement is the attack on trade union rights and the freedoms of workers, the right to strike. With the rerun of a trial-parody, they want to send a message, to intimidate the workers, to pave the way for the new offensive.
We call on the trade unions to express their mass denunciation of the new attempts to criminalize trade union activity. They must intensify their activity to widely inform and prepare the workers in light of the developments, to organize a strike response to the new measures."
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) expresses its solidarity with PAME and "demands that the Greek government finally put an end to the criminal prosecution of the 35 trade unionists".