Members of the Greece Solidarity Campaign were in Athens today offering their support for the struggle of they laid off cleaning women of the finance ministry.
They brought with money they had raised to support the cash strapped laid off ladies who have been keeping a vigil in front of the ministry since they lost their jobs .
Mary Usma, member of the UK's Union Cleaner's branch was there and spoke to TheTOC of the plight of cleaning women and her support for the fired cleaners.
Over a year ago the women were sacked by the government and replaced by outsourced casual workers. Tirelessly they have fought for reinstatement against government propaganda and police intimidation.
Paul Mackney co-chair of Greece Solidarity Campaign was also there. He also spoke to TheTOC about the solidarity campaign and the backing it's receiving from labor unions
A few days ago, Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the British Trades Union Congress has expressed the solidarity of its 6 million members with the struggle of 595 women cleaners battling for their jobs.
O’ Grady said, ‘I send solidarity to you and your sisters in the Ministry of Finance who are demanding justice and respect in the face of austerity. Our solidarity also goes to the union to which you belong, and the trade union confederations and their members who have done so much to resist and oppose the forces of austerity in Greece and across Europe.’