Announcement of the union of ERT workers

Today, the Greek government ordered the employees of the Greek Public Broadcaster (ERT) to evacuate the premises of the broadcaster. They also announced that the closure of ERT is definite and that a new broadcaster will be launched with fewer employees in an indefinite period. The union of ERT workers issued the following announcement as a response. The government will most probably send the riot police to evacuate the building in Aghia Paraskevi-Athens in the coming hours or days. We ask for your solidarity.

THIS IS ERT! THIS IS ERT! *

To the Ministry of Finance, we answer: “Come and take!” (“Molon lave” – the reply of Leonidas of Sparta in Thermopylae)

 

 

The orders for evacuation of the ERT main buildings, by those who break the law, who violate every sense of constitutional right, who are afraid of democracy, who are afraid of legality,

It is violence to make us give up!

It is violence to bring us to our knees!

It is violence to intimidate us!

We are answering, loyal to the commands of our conscience and a high feeling of duty:

We are continuing our struggle undeterred, we are defending democracy!

Fundamental labour rights and democracy itself are being trampled on. The employees do not allow anyone to represent or negotiate them!

The want to set an example for all public sector employees, that they managed to find the formula for LAYOFFS in the public sector, to add more to the unemployment percentage that is rising at a head-spinning rate!

they want to raze democracy and every sense of labour law and right!

We are answering: The now two-party coalition government, will not terrorize us with its authoritarianism!

We are working for public ERT, we are defending democracy!

We are not giving up the fight, unless ERT opens again as if it had never been shut down for even a day, without any layoffs or violation of labour rights.

The law department will exhaust all legal means!

The same people who nominated the corrupt managements, the same who gradually transformed Public Radiotelevision into a state mechanism of government propaganda, are presenting themselves as the uncorrupted who will impose transparency, by turning ERT off.

The silence of ERT

IS THE SILENCE OF OUR COUNTRY

IS THE SILENCE OF DEMOCRACY

IS THE SILENCE OF OUR CIVILISATION!

We are calling all those who have been supporting our struggle here at the ERT building every hour, every day…

We are demanding the reinstitution of the people’s right for HUMANITY, WORK, CIVILISATION, INFORMATION, DIGNITY FOR ALL

The struggle for the reinstitution of Democracy is a question of the people’s survival!

THIS IS ERT! THIS IS ERT! BROADCASTER OF DEMOCRACY!

* Alteration of the phrase “This is the Polytechnic School! This is the Polytechnic School” (word-to-word: Polytechnic Here!) that was heard from the radio station of the insurgent students of the Polytechnic School against the military junta in November 1973.

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