July 2011        

A line of struggle for the overthrow of capitalism

Elisseos Vagenas, Head of the International Section, Communist Party of Greece

This article was written during the important 48-hour nationwide general strike on 28–29 June, which embraced every work-place. The strike demonstrations of the All-Workers’ Militant Front (PAME), which rallies the trade unions that work on a class-oriented basis, have been unprecedented.
     The demonstrations and the mass rallies of PAME are different from those of the compromised trade union leadership of the federations of unions in the private sector (GSEE) and the public sector (ADEDY). The reason is not only the massive participation of working people, their militancy and the measures for their protection but also the fact that they do not merely seek to block the new package of anti-people measures but to put forward the need to come into full conflict with the EU and capitalist exploitation as a whole.
     In contrast to the demonstrations of the so-called “indignant citizens,” who shout the so-called “neutral” though in fact misleading slogan “Thieves, thieves!” in front of the parliament, the slogan that is prevalent in the massive demonstrations of PAME is “No wheel can turn without the workers. Workers, you can do without the bosses!”
     The line of struggle of the Communist Party and the class-oriented labour and trade union movement becomes increasingly important under the current conditions as the Greek people experience the consequences of the capitalist crisis that brings poverty, unemployment and destitution for working-class families and when the government of PASOK, along with the EU and the IMF, implements a savage anti-people programme aiming at the reduction of the price of the labour force and an increase in the competitiveness and profitability of capital.
     KKE [the Communist Party of Greece] stressed from the very first moment that the capitalist crisis that the Greek people are experiencing expresses the sharpening of the main contradiction between the social character of production and labour on the one hand and the private capitalist appropriation of its results on the other. In addition, it struggled against the misleading campaign claiming that the government of PASOK was allegedly subservient to the IMF or to foreign powers, revealing that the anti-labour memoranda expressed concrete choices of the Greek bourgeoisie concerning alliances that ensured its profitability in these specific conditions.
     KKE has refuted the social-democratic and opportunist positions that are spread by the forces of the so-called European Left Party as well as by others, positions that attribute the causes of the crisis to the neo-liberal management, because they conceal the activity of the laws of the exploitative system; they conceal the fact that the crises break out irrespective of the social-democratic or liberal management as the sharpening of the contradictions of the system: the anarchy and the unevenness that characterise capitalist production, the over-accumulation of capital, which was accumulated in the period of economic growth due to the exploitation of the labour force and cannot find a way out that ensures a high rate of profit.
     Over the last two years there have been multi-faceted class-oriented struggles against the assault of capital, the anti-people policy of the liberal government of ND previously and the social-democratic government of PASOK today, which is supported by the other bourgeois political forces and the subjugated leaderships of the government and employer-led trade unionism.
     More than twenty nationwide general strikes have been successfully organised in the period 2010–11; likewise a series of strikes in sectors and companies, mass rallies, occupations of public buildings and other buildings as well, massive struggles with the participation of hundreds of thousands of workers and popular forces.
     KKE and PAME, the class-oriented labour movement, the militant rallies supported by our party in the movements of the farmers, the self-employed, women and youth, have played a leading role in these struggles.
     The line of struggle of KKE and the class-oriented movement has made a special contribution to the conflict with capital and the anti-people policy as it clarified from the beginning the fact that the crisis, the deficit and the debt are a product of capitalist development, of the strategy that supports the monopoly groups and that the workers are not responsible for it. More and more working people see this fact today when they compare the state debt (€350 billion) with the deposits of the Greek capitalists, which in Switzerland alone amount to €600 billion.
     More and more working people are abandoning the bourgeois parties (PASOK and ND), opening their eyes to the assessments and the proposals of KKE as the communists are proved correct by developments.
      KKE has denounced the government and the EU because they blackmail the people that the government won’t receive the fifth instalment of the loan unless they accept the new anti-labour measures.
     The communists in Greece support firmly the policy that it is the plutocracy that must pay for the crisis, as it is responsible for it. At the same time KKE believes that the struggle for every problem of the people must develop in the direction of organising, concentrating and preparing broad popular and working-class forces, not only in order to create better conditions for the sale of labour power but also for the overthrow of the exploitative system so as to pave the way for people’s power and the people’s economy—for socialism.

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