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What does SYRIZA say about the future of the Elefsina Shipyards and the workers

What does SYRIZA say about the future of the Elefsina Shipyards and the workers

The position of SYRIZA-PS on the future of the Elefsina Shipyards is expressed in a joint statement by Alekos Flambouraris, Alexis Haritsis, Thodoris Dritsas, Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Nektarios Santorinios, Haris Mamoulakis, Giorgos Tsipras, Vangelis Apostolakis, following the completion of the first three meetings of the Permanent Committee of Production & Trade for the s/n of the Ministry of Development & Investments “Sanitation of the Elefsina Shipyards and other provisions of a developmental nature”. As noted in a related announcement, the proposals of the SYRIZA Progressive Alliance “highlight the different philosophy that governs the official opposition in relation to the neoliberal government policy”.

“The SYRIZA government, since 2018, laid the foundations for the consolidation and re-operation of the Elefsina Shipyards, concluding an MoU with the prospective investor in 2019, with a view to safeguarding the public interest, the development character of the investment, securing the positions of work and the repayment of employees’ accrued wages, as well as transparency at all levels of the consultation”, the SYRIZA MPs underline in their joint statement, accusing the Mitsotakis government, that “after 3 years of unjustified delay with negative consequences for the workers and the State, brought to the Parliament a draft law without a complete business plan, without guarantee for employees’ accruals, far behind the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the investor and the SYRIZA government in May 2019, with ambiguities in terms of controls of capital adequacy, the existing financial situation of the shipyards and the decl workers’ strikes”.

“At the same time, the Minister of Development and Investments, displaying highly anti-parliamentary behavior, attempted with extortionate dilemmas to strangle the political speech of parties and social partners, removing the right of criticism and the obligation of counter-proposals,” they add. “The logic of “either the draft law is passed as it is, or I proceed with a process of violent liquidation of the Elefsina Shipyards” is indicative of a minister in despair and a government that disrespects institutions and democracy”, they emphasize, declaring on behalf of SYRIZA-PS, “as the political force that responsibly designed the Elefsina Shipyards consolidation process”, how they will continue “steadily and consistently to claim improvements until the end”.

“With the sole aim of concluding an agreement with substantial interventions of a developmental nature, ensuring the operation of the Shipyards as a strategic development factor and protagonist of the country’s shipbuilding industry, as well as the full coverage of workers’ rights”, they conclude.

Source: Capital