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Workers at a Greek hospital have taken over their hospital and our running things with direct democracy of workers. However, they are not stopping there. Realizing that the class struggle is no longer confined to the workplace, be it a hospital or a factory, the workers the General Hospital of Kilkis, Greece are turning to and asking for solidarity from the wider community not just to save their hospital but to defend free public healthcare and to overthrow the neo liberal policies of the Greek Province of the Empire.
In a country where nearly half of those under 25 are unemployed, where homelessness has increased by 25% in less then two years, where general strikes and protest marches are the order of the day, some hospital workers in a small industrial town in central Greece have taken a bold step forward, have organized themselves and have challenged global capital.
Contra Info reports:
According to a statement (4-2/2012) released by the workers’ general assembly in the General Hospital of Kilkis, the doctors, nurses and other staff declare that the long-lasting problems of the National Health System (ESY) in the country cannot be solved through limited claims of the health services sector. Thus, workers at the General Hospital respond to the regime’s acceleration of fascism by occupying this public general hospital and putting it under their direct and complete control. The decision-making body for administrative matters will be the workers’ general assembly.
They also stress that the Greek government is not acquitted of its financial obligations towards the hospital. The workers will denounce all competent authorities to the public opinion and, if their demands are not met, turn to the municipalities, the local and the wider community, for support in every possible way of their efforts: to save the hospital and defend the free public health care, to overthrow the government and every neo-liberal policy.
On February 6th the workers will serve only hospital emergencies until full payment of their wages and recovery of their income in the pre-Troika level. However, being fully aware of their social mission and moral commitments associated with their professions, they will protect people’s health that come in to the hospital, providing free care to those in need.
Next general meeting of all employees will be held in the morning of February 13th. Their assembly will take place daily and will be the main body for any decision concerning the workers and the hospitals’ operation.
The workers call for factual solidarity from people and workers in all sectors, for the involvement of trade unions and progressive organizations, and for support by media of real information. They will also give a related press conference on February 15th, at 12.30. Among others, they invite their colleagues at other hospitals to take appropriate decisions, as well as employees of the public and private sector to act likewise.
This example of the multitude challenging Empire with direct action, with direct democracy, with autonomist power, I guarantee you will not go unnoticed by CAPITAL. More importantly, it will not go unoticed by working class of Greece and beyond.
We live in a world where one small local act of resistance can be felt around the world.
ALL POWER TO THE SOVIET OF THE GENERAL HOSPITAL OF KILKIS, GREECE.
The following is from libcom.org.
Greek hospital now under workers' control
The above decisions will be made public through a news conference to which all the Mass Media (local and national) will be invited on Wednesday 15/2/2012 at 12.30. Our daily assemblies begin on 13 February. We will inform the citizens about every important event taking place in our hospital by means of news releases and conferences. Furthermore, we will use any means available to publicise these events in order to make this mobilization successful.
a) Our fellow citizens to show solidarity to our effort,
b) Every unfairly treated citizen of our country in contestation and opposition, with actions, against his'/her's oppressors,
c) Our fellow workers from other hospitals to make similar decisions,
d) the employees in other fields of the public and private sector and the participants in labour and progressive organizations to act likewise, in order to help our mobilization take the form of a universal labour and popular resistance and uprising, until our final victory against the economic and political elite that today oppresses our country and the whole world.