RHODES, Greece – Communists who said Greece’s biggest trade union (GSEE) has been taken over by leaders more friendly with companies than workers battled with union members and security forces at a Rhodes hotel.
The incident, said the business newspaper Naftemporiki, forced the cancellation of GSEE’s 37th General Assembly at the Rodos Palace hotel and left four people injured, with either side blaming the other for the violence.
The leadership of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) charged what it called a “raid” by up to 200 members of the Communists union PAME who wanted to keep the conference from taking place, and succeeded.
PAME officials said the trade union umbrella group hired “thugs” and “strongmen” to keep out its delegates and the press and claimed a GSEE faction is affiliated with the main opposition center-right New Democracy (ND) party.
A general assembly in Kalamata last month was also disrupted by PAME members also also cancelled.