Teachers in Greece and other public servants are continuing with their long campaign against brutal austerity measures with a one day strike today and two more strike days planned for next week.  Mass rallies are being held in Athens and other cities, as government ministers continue to discuss new cuts with their international creditors.

Teachers chained themselves to the railings outside the Greek parliament and school cleaners waved mops and buckets as they demonstrated through the streets of Athens. 2500 teachers have lost their jobs as a result of instructions from the Troika (which is composed of the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and Central Bank). Included in their number is Themis Kotsifakis, the leader of the secondary school teachers union, Olme. Last week he was arrested along with other demonstraters as he protested the arrival of the men from the Troika. Police brutally attacked that demonstration, as we last week.

Greece has suffered five years of crippling cuts, which have seen public services decimated and mass poverty and despair. The youth has been hit particularly hard, both by cuts in schools and higher education, and by joblessness which has hit 65% in the 16 - 25 age group.

However there is a determined by teachers, by other public and private sector unions and by local communities, both to help those in the greatest need through local solidarity groups, and to fight back against the undemocratic government of the country and the brutal cuts which are being inflicted.