Target: Antonis Samaras, Prime Minister of Greece
Goal: Cancel the planned layoffs of 25,000 public sector workers
By the end of this year, 25,000 police officers and teachers will be laid off from their jobs in Greece. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras recently approved this mass layoff in order to obtain $9.2 billion in aid three groups: the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank. Please condemn this austerity measure, which will surely end in failure, worsening conditions for thousands of Greeks around the country.
In addition to the 25,000 public sector workers that will be laid off this year, another 15,000 are headed for unemployment in 2014. The unemployment rate in Greece is already at 27%, with 60% of young people out of a job. Even with a multi-billion dollar aid package, how does the Greek Parliament expect their economy to recover from its six-year recession if they add thousands more to the unemployment line? The approval of this legislation was passed against a backdrop of protests condemning its approval.
Also included in the austerity measures were prohibitions against all demonstrations in the city center. This includes the area immediately outside of Parliament, which has been the site of massive protests in the past. Not only is the Greek Parliament issuing pink slips to tens of thousands of public servants, but it is simultaneously revoking the right of people to demonstrate against it. Please sign this petition and add your voice to the opposition of what will certainly become yet another failed austerity measure in Greece.
Dear Prime Minister Antonis Samara,
I am frustrated with the Greek Parliament’s decision to lay off 25,000 public servants, many of whom are municipal police officers and teachers, by the end of 2012. The trade-off of a $9.2 billion rescue package from the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank for 25,000 new layoffs, not to mention an additional 15,000 through 2014, hits the middle and lower classes the hardest, making it that much harder for the Greek economy to recover.
In your televised address you said, “Better days will come for our people. We will not let up. We will climb uphill and reach the end, which is not far.” But, by adding thousands more people to the ranks of the unemployed, the end appears to be nowhere in sight.
Many of the people affected by these proposed government layoffs demonstrated against the bill, and their signs called for ‘no more sacrifices’ and to ‘fire the Troika.’ Do not silence your people with bans against demonstrations in the city center. Please listen to your people and cancel these austerity measures that will only worsen the country’s 27% unemployment rate.
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