BREAKING….Samaras coalition partner to vote against Troika’s Greek labour rights attack

Tonto Troka’s 10-year pay-freeze proposal

Samaras coalition government partner and  Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis said last night that his party will vote against any Troika-imposed measures proposing to reduce workers’ rights in Greece.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting with Prime Minister Antonis  Samaras and third government partner Venizelos (PASOK) yesterday, Kouvelis asserted:

“We categorically reject the Troika demands. The minimum wage has nothing to do with structural reforms. We will not vote in favor of  the austerity in labour rights at the Parliament.”

The Troika wants the complete removal of labour rights in the private
sector. It demands that employees and workers earning the minimum wage
of 586 euro gross per month should stay this level for about 10
years. Rather like the eurocrats in Brussels, one imagines.

Ever the mouth without the trousers, Venizelos added, “The Troika
is playing with fire”, but backed off from anything in the way of action, as such.

The whole negotiation is a farce anyway, as Athens has already been guaranteed further aid along with Spain.

See also: Merkel’s Big Fat Greek compromise

24 thoughts on “BREAKING….Samaras coalition partner to vote against Troika’s Greek labour rights attack

  1. Methinks that the Euro-boil is starting to come to a head at last. The final nail in the Euro Project was Hollande’s election in France and the split between Germany and the rest is now plain for all to see.

    ….But surely all Sloggers should consider the events of the next two day’s Brussels Summit against the backdrop that these are the same EU Great and the Good who have just won the Nobel Peace Prize… lets have no squabbling or raised voices in the hallowed halls of EU Central ……please !

    I agree with kfc above ……this is all going to get very ‘interesting’ (…as in the Chinese Curse’ ! )……..and were it not so serious in terms of the immanent effect on the lives of many billions of poorer Europeans……the Peace and Light about to be generated in Sproutland later this week should be both blinding…….and hilarious to watch !


  2. Thank God someone finally stood up – I revise my impression of Kouvelis here & now.

    This magnificent monthly minimum wage salary of 589€/month adds up to a princely 7032€ pa, and therefore is now subject to 30% tax. Therefore final net annual salary is 4722.40€, ie 393,53€ a month. This does not include IKA payments (national health, pension etc).


  3. Pingback: John Ward – Breaking – Samaras Coalition Partner To Vote Against Troika’s Greek Labour Rights Attack – 17 October 2012 | Lucas 2012 Infos

  4. @Kfc Good link well worth a read ! Thanks …..So if ZH calculates German Actual Debt to GDP ratio at 139.8% and Greek Debt to GDP ratio is said to be about 153%…..mebbe we’ve got it all wrong….the two most dispirate Eurozone economies appear to be converging nicely after all !! ;)


  5. Had to share this!
    635 Employees
    Unbelievable but true.
    Can you imagine working for a company that only has a little more than 635 employees, but has the following Employee Statistics.
    29 have been accused of spouse abuse,
    7 have been arrested for fraud,
    9 have been accused of writing bad cheques,
    17 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses,
    3 have done time for assault,
    71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit,
    14 have been arrested on drug-related charges,
    8 have been arrested for shoplifting,
    21 are currently defendants in lawsuits,
    84 have been arrested for drink driving in the last year,

    And collectively, this year alone, they have cost the British tax payer £92,993,748 in expenses!

    Which organisation is this?

    It’s the 635 members of the House of Commons.

    The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.
    What a bunch of crooks we have running our country – it says it all…
    And just to top all that they probably have the best ‘corporate’ pension scheme in the country – whilst trying to ensure that everyone
    else has the worst possible!


  6. Dear Ελενη

    Everything is accepted by our slavish collaborators politicians and government long time ago , nothing will change it is the continuation of the Goebbelistic show.


  7. Eleni don’t get too exited . As JW says ,is all a farce. Kouvelis pretends to be standing up to troika’s “excessive” demands , then the troika drops a few and seems to demand less and Kouvelis triumphant declares victory and agrees to the “reduced” measures. The greeks are happy until they are actually hit with the new cuts .Then they decide they have to do something about this , so they continue as before to revenge the motherφακερς and fantasize about learning martial-arts in monasteries in china to finish them all or hiring colombian drug dealers to wipe them out or that Venizelos and the rest get a fatal disease and had 3 months to live and so on ….
    ( excuse my sarcasm but i am still waiting -in vain- for our nation to react to all this ) .


  8. Brilliant….If only MSM would publish this ! ……Anyone got the Stats for the present Greek Parliament? …..they are the only ones that might give us in the UK a run for our money on matching this.

    errrr ! should that not mean that a few bi elections are in the pipeline?…..or does the House of Commons work in the same way as the gates at the end of 10 Downing Street….i.e. Swear at a Copper from the outside and a ride in a Police Van awaits…..Swear at a Copper from the inside and a forced apology suffices?


  9. Two questions,
    1] Pity we don’t know which party they are members of?
    2] Will these facts be disclosed on a] Members interests and the Party Manifesto, under “give us a second chance,”?


  10. kfc – where did these stats come from? I’m entirely inclined to believe them, just that when I post them somewhere else, I’d like the details to quote!. Thanks.


  11. Nobody knows, as this is probably smoke ‘n mirrors, so that the 3 parties that presently form our coalition government save some face.
    Theoretically speaking, an MP can vote yes, no or present. Or they can be absent.


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