Unite general secretary welcomes result of Greek general election, saying it gives hope to million

SyrizaLen McCluskey today welcomed the victory of Syriza in Greece’s general election, saying it “made hope possible for millions across Europe.”

The Unite general secretary said: “This stunning election victory is a tribute to the Greek people who have now firmly rejected the disastrous austerity policies imposed on them by the troika of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

“The policies of the troika have done nothing but bring misery and suffering to millions of Greek people. GDP has collapsed by more than 25%, unemployment has soared, wages have been slashed, and welfare provisions and labour protections dismantled. It is no wonder that the suicide rate has risen so dramatically.

“The fight of the Greek people against austerity is the same fight that British, Irish and millions of other working people across Europe are waging against the failed politics that protects the rich and well off at the expense of the poor.

“In voting for Syriza and an end to austerity the Greek people have once again made hope possible for millions of other people across Europe. Unite will watch with great interest the developments in other countries, such as Spain, where anti-austerity parties are also making huge gains, and Unite will continue to play its full part in fighting austerity to make another Europe possible.”

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