Regular followers of our updates will know we have been following the (Elliniki Halyvourgia) plant at Aspropyrgos. News came through this weekend (28-29 July) that the workers have decided to suspend their strike on Saturday.
With 115 votes for ending the strike, 14 against and 29 blank votes, the general assembly of the workers’ union decided the full re-opening of the plant as of today (1 August), setting as the only condition the withdrawal of police from the entrance to the facility.
News came through on Monday (23 July) that riot police had occupied the steel plant to end the strike and force the reopening of the factory. This follows clashes between police and strikers on Friday after a 9-month strike. However, as of the weekend 28-29 July our contacts in Greece confirmed that the strike has been suspended due to the enormous toll that this has taken on the workers and their families.
The workers have the full support of USi and we will be endeavouring to support them in every way we can over the coming weeks and months.
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