ATHENS – “The dilemma for Greek society once again is between austerity and anti-austerity. The Mitsotakis government chooses austerity,” main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nasos Iliopoulos said on Sunday on Open television.
“The Mitsotakis government is working for the profiteering power suppliers in energy, the private clinics in health and the SEV [employers’ federation] in labour,” Iliopoulos said.
He criticised the government’s record in response to the cost-of-living crisis, pointing out that “natural gas in Greece has increased by 220 pct when the average in the EU is 62 pct,” and saying that this “amounts to looting on the part of the Mitsotakis government.”
He also noted that “Greece has the largest monthly increase in inflation” and said this was due to the government’s refusal to lower the Special Consumption Tax on fuel or VAT on staple foods.
Talking about the alternative proposed by SYRIZA-PA, Iliopoulos said this did not mean spending more money but “a different model”, such as uncoupling the price of natural gas from power and imposing a cap.
“In September alone, we had 500 million euros in windfall profits in energy and the windfall profits of companies generated up until July have still not been taxed!” he said.
Commenting on the latest workplace accident, he accused the government of having destroyed the labour inspectorate so that it was unable to do its job, criticised fining the unemployed, while he again called for the activation of a 2019 framework of EU sanctions in response to Turkish provocativeness.