SYRIZA’s Achtsioglou Slams Greek Government for Its Labour Policy

ATHENS – "The labour market situation is already chaotic. We had the worst March and the worst April of all time in employment," main opposition SYRIZA deputy and the party's head of labour issues Effie Achtsioglou said on Tuesday in an interview with Open TV.

"The shuttering of economic activity for two months obviously causes recessionary trends, but failing to protect the jobs, rights, wages and spending power of workers is not an inevitable event," she said, adding that the government "was watching the market's spontaneous recessionary trend without intervening."

Citing "government leaks", she said that "the new scheme of rotating employment will be maintained," adding that this would lead 20-30 pct reductions in the private sector. She added that "there is no protection for the minimum wage and we risk creating a new minimum wage," and that "the new, rotating work may be applied in combination with part-time employment, leading to salaries of 200 euros per month."



ATHENS - "The government fiestas over the Rafale [aircraft] cannot hide the fact that, in the tragic conditions of the pandemic and soaring prices, the people are being called upon to assume - with the responsibility of the government and the other parties that voted for them - the excessive cost of these warplanes, which mainly serve the country's involvement in the aggressive plans of the Euro-Atlantic imperialist alliances of the ruling class," the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Big Voting Bill Faces Defeat as 2 Dems Won’t Stop Filibuster

WASHINGTON — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy appeared headed for defeat as the Senate churned into debate, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden's own party as two holdout senators refuse to support rule changes to overcome a Republican filibuster.