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Kilkis, Northern Greece: Message from a member of the workers’ general assembly, from the occupied city’s hospital

Hello all,

Thank you so much for your interest and support.

The occupation of our hospital in Kilkis by its workers started on Monday, February 20th, at 8:30 local time. This occupation is not only about us, the physicians and the workers at the Kilkis Hospital. Neither is it only about the Greek National Health System (ESY), which is collapsing, indeed. We are in this fight because what are in real danger now are the human rights. And this threat is not against just a nation, or against a few countries, or a few social groups, but against the low and middle classes in Europe, America, Asia, Africa, in the whole world. Today’s Greece, is tomorrow’s picture of Portugal, Spain, Italy and the rest of the countries worldwide.

The workers at the Kilkis Hospital and at most of the hospitals and health centers in Greece are not paid on time and some of them see their salaries being cut down to practically zero. A fellow-worker of mine was transferred to our cardiologic clinic in shock, when he realized that instead of receiving the usual check of 800 euros (yes; that is his monthly salary) from the state, he received a note saying that not only he will be paid nothing for this month, but he is also to return 170 euros. Other workers were paid only 9 (nine) euros for this month. Those of us who still receive some kind of a salary will support them in any way we can.

This is a war against the people, against the whole community. Those who say that the public debt of Greece is the debt of the Greek people are lying. It is not the people’s debt. It was created by the governments in collaboration with the bankers in order to enslave people. The loans to Greece are not used for salaries, pensions and public care. It is exactly the opposite: salaries, pensions and care are used to pay the bankers. They are lying. Contrary to what they declare, they do not want a debt-free society. They create the debts themselves (with the help of corrupt governments and politicians) for their own benefit. They gave Greece a banker as prime minister to ensure that the “job” will be done properly. Our Prime Minister Lucas Papademos was not elected at all. He was appointed by the ECB and the bankers with the help of European and Greek corrupt politicians. This is their interpretation of the term “democracy”.

The debts are created by bankers who create money out of thin air and collect interest, just because our governments gave them the right to do so. And they keep saying that for those debts it is you and me and our children and grandchildren that will have to pay with our personal and national assets, with our lives. We do not owe them anything. On the contrary, they owe the people a great part of the fortunes they made thanks to the political corruption.

If we do not open our eyes to this truth, we will soon all become slaves, working for 200 or less a month. That is those of us who will be able to find a job. No medical care, no pensions, homeless and starving, as now is the case with my fellow citizens in Greece. Thousands of them live outdoors and starve.

We have no intention to paint the reality with dark colors, but this is the truth. This situation is not due to a financial or monetary accident or mistake. It is the start of the ugly phase of a long process following a carefully designed plan, a process that has started decades ago.

We have to fight together against this neoliberal plan. And this is what we, in Kilkis and in so many cities around the world, do now.

For the time being, we are not considering the opening of a donations account. We might, however need to do this in a few months or even weeks, if the situation worsens. What we currently need most of all is moral support and publicity. Local struggles all around the world have to spread and gain massive support if we are to win the war against the corrupt system. If you can think of any additional ways to spread our news and ideas, it would be great.

You can contact us at enosi.kilkis@yahoo.gr

Again, we can’t thank you enough for your kind thoughts and words.

Yours,
Leta Zotaki, director of the radiology department, Kilkis Hospital
member of the workers’ general assembly
president of the Union of the Hospital Doctors in Kilkis (ENIK)

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  • Cheers from Seattle, WA, USA. Thank you for this very clear statement on why we all need to follow your example and fight the death spiral of neoliberal capitalism. I will look for more news of your brave struggle.

  • Just George

    As another health practitioner, I would personally refuse to give medical attention to any traitorous Greek politician, banker, or policeman and their families who is part of this scam.

    The truth is that the small part of the Greek population trying to steal from the rest of the population actually needs their victims in order to survive. Since they are doing these terrible things to you, why help them? Let them be sick. Let them starve. Don’t sell to them. Don’t cooperate. Let them suffer as they are making you suffer. That way, they might think twice about what they’re doing.

  • Contra Info

    Kilkis hospital’s occupation has been practically terminated. To our knowledge, there is no formal announcement about the suspension of the hospital’s occupation by the workers themselves, but according to an article from March 9th, 2012 (on a Greek blog which we don’t affiliate ourselves with), the occupation has been ‘suspended’.

    But the struggle goes on.

    You may send your enquires at the Union of the Hospital Doctors in Kilkis, enosi.kilkis[at]yahoo.gr, to find out more about latest developments there. Also, the hospital’s standard phone numbers should be operating as before. So, here they are: +30 23410 38400, +30 23410 25998, +30 23410 20400.

    Also, there is a recent video about the ongoing struggle at Kilkis hospital by diakoptes (in Greek only), where it is explained that by April 2012 the workers have suspended their working hours and now only serve hospital emergency incidents, until they are all fully repaid the salaries that the State owes them.
    -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isheho76N58
    -> http://diakoptes.blogspot.com/2012/04/blog-post_29.html

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