On October 17 the more than 1000 workers of LARCO Metal Industry went on Strike against the decision of the Greek Government to close the Factory. In their statement they noted:
“The strike rally condemns the government’s decision of shutting down LARCO and laying off its workers. The government, without any guarantee for its productive character, the continuation of its operation, the jobs and the rights of the workers, moves to the sale of LARCO.
The workers of LARCO we had more than 80 dead colleagues in the factory, hundreds more with occupational diseases, hundreds more crippled by work accidents and those who worked and work in this place, with our blood and sweat we have created and kept LARCO open to this day.
We have the right and demand:
- Under the responsibility of the government not to stop the operation of LARCO
- Stop the sale in order to ensure the continuation of the unified operation of mines and factories.
- Ensure all jobs and employment rights of “permanent” and contract workers.
- LARCO with the responsibility of the state to develop according to its capabilities. To be developed based on the proposals of the workers that have been officially submitted to the Greek Parliament and notified to the Greek people.
- We will continue the fight so that LARCO does not close. We do not accept a single dismissal. We do not give away any of our rights.
- We will continue the struggle for the well-being of the workers, the local communities, the defense of the public property and the economic development of the country for the benefit of the people.
- The government has an obligation to listen to the anguish of the thousands of families living from the operation of LARCO and to stop this crime.”
PAME expressed its solidarity to the strike and calls the working class to support the rightful struggle of LARCO metal workers