Athens.- Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) parliamentary alliance leader Alexis Tsipras stressed that the goal was that SYRIZA play a leading role in the social struggles and the upcoming political shifts, addressing a meeting of the Central Political Committee of his Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) party, which heads the SYRIZA alliance.
Tsipras, who also heads the SYRIZA parliamentary group, said that only a few days since main opposition party and former government New Democracy’s (ND) “spectacular collapse”, the new PASOK government has given the first indications of its policy line.
“It is a fact that a large section of the citizens, having reached the end of their tether with the preceding government, are willing to give the new government a grace period,” Tsipras said, but warned that “they are not disposed, however, to seeing the same show twice”.
Tsipras criticised the new government on its proposals on the STAGE work experience programs, adding that it gave more the impression that it wanted to resolve the issue for fiscal reasons, in order cut state expenditure, rather than to solve a social problem. He also charged that the PASOK government hoped to transfer “this sui generis state of labor hostagery” to the private sector.
The SYN leader stressed that no job without social security and with remuneration below the minimum wage set out by law should be accepted either in the public or the public sector.
Second, he continued, ASEP (public sector hiring examinations board) examinations must be immediately called to fill the thousands of vacant organic positions in the sectors of health, education, social welfare, environmental protection and civil protection.