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    Interesting development in the austerity test-lab known as Greece, where a Metro strike has been broken up by riot police.

    Greece breaks up Athens metro strike | World news | guardian.co.uk

    State-run television showed police handing strikers civil mobilisation papers. The workers, who had defied court decisions labelling the action "illegal and abusive", face immediate arrest and loss of jobs if they refuse to return to work in the next 24 hours.
    Much of the economic debate on p.ie seems to revolve around two radically opposed interpretations of austerity:

    1. That it is merely an economic necessity - a pragmatic balancing of the books after years of credit-fuelled profligacy.
    2. That is is an ideological attack on workers, the poor, and social democratic rights by a neo-liberal elite.

    Perhaps it is both - but 'shock doctrine' style suspensions of fundamental rights, as apparently happened in Greece today, surely make it harder to ignore the ideological underbelly of austerity politics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loaf View Post
    Interesting development in the austerity test-lab known as Greece, where a Metro strike has been broken up by riot police.

    Greece breaks up Athens metro strike | World news | guardian.co.uk



    Much of the economic debate on p.ie seems to revolves around two radically opposed interpretations of austerity:

    1. That it is merely an economic necessity - a pragmatic balancing of the books after years of credit-fuelled profligacy.
    2. That is is an ideological attack on workers, the poor, and social democratic rights by a neo-liberal elite.

    Perhaps it is both - but 'shock doctrine' style suspensions of fundamental rights, as apparently happened in Greece today, surely make it harder to ignore the ideological underbelly of austerity politics.
    Well done to the Greek government for ..........1. Standing up to Union blackmail and 2. enforcing court orders.

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    The suspension of fundamental democratic rights often follows a coup d'etat.
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    Overdue. Athens is totally dependent on the Metro. It's gridlock without it (I experienced the hell of a one day strike there). People in state monopolies should not have the ability to strike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loaf View Post
    Interesting development in the austerity test-lab known as Greece, where a Metro strike has been broken up by riot police.

    Greece breaks up Athens metro strike | World news | guardian.co.uk



    Much of the economic debate on p.ie seems to revolves around two radically opposed interpretations of austerity:

    1. That it is merely an economic necessity - a pragmatic balancing of the books after years of credit-fuelled profligacy.
    2. That is is an ideological attack on workers, the poor, and social democratic rights by a neo-liberal elite.

    Perhaps it is both - but 'shock doctrine' style suspensions of fundamental rights, as apparently happened in Greece today, surely make it harder to ignore the ideological underbelly of austerity politics.
    What rights were suspended?
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    That was done here during the student protest.... shock them off the streets. It worked too, no more student protests of any size.

    I wonder how the many complaints to the Garda Ombudsman are doing....

    If this starts here it can be counteracted by breaking up into smaller organised groups which are very hard to control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith-M View Post
    Overdue. Athens is totally dependent on the Metro. It's gridlock without it (I experienced the hell of a one day strike there). People in state monopolies should not have the ability to strike.
    Scum in banks shouldn't have the right to impoverish entire nations.

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    I would love to see an Irish government taking such decisive action against a bunch of self serving trade unions who are unwilling to put country first. Well done to the Greek government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loaf View Post
    Interesting development in the austerity test-lab known as Greece, where a Metro strike has been broken up by riot police.

    Greece breaks up Athens metro strike | World news | guardian.co.uk



    Much of the economic debate on p.ie seems to revolves around two radically opposed interpretations of austerity:

    1. That it is merely an economic necessity - a pragmatic balancing of the books after years of credit-fuelled profligacy.
    2. That is is an ideological attack on workers, the poor, and social democratic rights by a neo-liberal elite.

    Perhaps it is both - but 'shock doctrine' style suspensions of fundamental rights, as apparently happened in Greece today, surely make it harder to ignore the ideological underbelly of austerity politics.
    I think the Greeks have had enough strikes at this stage... and they've achieved f*** all...

    Time for them all to cop on and stop scaring the much needed foreign tourists away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spanner Island View Post
    I think the Greeks have had enough strikes at this stage... and they've achieved f*** all...

    Time for them all to cop on and stop scaring the much needed foreign tourists away...
    Exactly. What do they think they'll achieve?

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