Media workers in Greece shut down newspapers and TV news stations when they walked out on strike on Monday of this week.
“Bosses want to force workers to work without any rights and on ever reduced salaries,” said Moises Litsis from the Esiea journalists’ union.
The media workers will now ballot for an indefinite strike across the sector, Litsis added. “The proposal came from the bottom up, so we’ll build it from the bottom up,” he told Socialist Worker. “We’ll visit every workplace to win the vote for this escalation.”
If the media strike goes ahead it will coincide with elections in Greece that could see the anti-austerity Syriza coalition take power. This has led to debate within the union.
Some argue that journalists have a duty to work during an election to make sure people understand what the different parties stand for.
Others, such as Litsis, see the election as an opportunity for a high impact strike—one that would be an example to the working class if it succeeds.
“The big media barons are afraid of the left”, Litsis added. “They use the media as a machine to discredit the left—and they bully media workers to maintain that machine.”