Precarious Employment and Working Poverty in ‘Post-Crisis’ Greece

In a September post on the Social Europe website, Syriza MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis claimed that Greece is now ‘exiting the crisis.’ To support his claim, he cites data suggesting that investment is ‘back on track’, exports have risen 18% – the highest rate since 2001 – and that unemployment has fallen to 21%, down from … More Precarious Employment and Working Poverty in ‘Post-Crisis’ Greece

Embedding neoliberalism in Greece: the transformation of collective bargaining and labour market policy in Greece during the Eurozone crisis

(2016). Embedding neoliberalism in Greece: the transformation of collective bargaining and labour market policy in Greece during the Eurozone crisis. Studies in Political Economy. Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1080/07078552.2016.1249129 Source: Embedding neoliberalism in Greece: the transformation of collective bargaining and labour market policy in Greece during the Eurozone crisis

Thousands march to mark 1973 student revolt, protest against austerity | News | ekathimerini.com

Thousands of Greeks vented frustration at their economic lot on Thursday as they marched in Athens to mark the anniversary of the bloody 1973 student uprising that helped topple the then-military junta. Source: Thousands march to mark 1973 student revolt, protest against austerity | News | ekathimerini.com

A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down

Helena Smith in Athens for the Guardian 13 August 2016 In a side street in the heart of Athens, two siblings are hard at work. For the past year they have run their hairdressing business – an enterprise that was once located on a busy boulevard – out of a two-bedroom flat. The move was … More A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down

Neoliberalism and De-democratization in Greece

Public discourse of neoliberalism often fails to appreciate the extent to which it entails not a simple process of de-regulation, but rather, a process of pro-market re-regulation. In many cases, constraints are removed from the organizational capacities of capital while more constraints are imposed upon organized labour. For example, the neoliberal era has witnessed increasing … More Neoliberalism and De-democratization in Greece

Greece has its problems with the EU, but we would never leave

George Kyris Those who support Brexit often see Greece as an example of the problems within the EU. Nigel Farage has encouraged Greeks to leave the union in order to “take back control and democracy”, in a European project that “is dying”. It is true that Greeks have become very Eurosceptic as a result of … More Greece has its problems with the EU, but we would never leave

One Year on, Syriza has sold its soul for power

by Costas Lapavitsas Today marks a year since a radical left government was elected in Greece; its dynamic young prime minster, Alexis Tsipras, promising a decisive blow against austerity. Yanis Varoufakis, his unconventional finance minister, arrived in London soon after and caused a media sensation. Here was a government that disregarded stuffy bourgeois conventions and … More One Year on, Syriza has sold its soul for power

Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal

From EuroActiv Athens had secured a funding deal with China during the crucial negotiations with its creditors last summer. But a phone call from Berlin to Beijing killed it, Yanis Varoufakis disclosed on Tuesday (19 January). EurActiv Greece reports. In an interview with Skai TV, Varoufakis admitted that there was a “Plan X” in the event of … More Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal

Some Charts on the Conditions of Labour in Greece

A few charts from the Eurofound website provides an insightful glimpse into the conditions of workers in Greece in the context of austerity. The first chart, taken from Eurofound, demonstrates the trajectory of labour costs and labour productivity in Greece up to and during the crisis. The data indicates a significant divergence of labour costs … More Some Charts on the Conditions of Labour in Greece

The Eurozone Crisis, Collective Bargaining, Labour Market Reform and Austerity, 2010-2015

By the summer of 2010, the financial crisis initiated by overleveraged financial institutions had been transformed into a sovereign debt crisis. This was a deliberate tactic of ‘crisis management’ by neo-liberally minded European elites to protect their financial sectors. State intervention to the tune of billions of pounds and Euros recapitalized the banking sectors of … More The Eurozone Crisis, Collective Bargaining, Labour Market Reform and Austerity, 2010-2015

Ahead of Greek election, SYRIZA’s ‘lost generation’ deserts Tsipras | Comment | ekathimerini.com

So divided has SYRIZA’s youth wing become over the direction of Greece’s leftist party, that when its council planned to convene at the end of August, the meeting was abandoned. Too many of its 71 members were on the point of quitting. Source: Ahead of Greek election, SYRIZA’s ‘lost generation’ deserts Tsipras | Comment | … More Ahead of Greek election, SYRIZA’s ‘lost generation’ deserts Tsipras | Comment | ekathimerini.com