WFTU Press Release on the wildfires in Greece

The World Federation of Trade Unions expresses its solidarity with the families of the victims of wildfires in Athens, resulting, until now, in the loss of life of 60 people.

On the occasion of the loss of human lives in every part of the planet either from wildfires, floods, earthquakes or extremely hot and cold weather, the International Trade Union movement has underlined the big responsibilities of the governments, since, due to the policies of austerity and privatization, the citizens, mostly the poorest ones, are unprotected.

Face to these governmental policies which have in their centre the capitalist profit and not the protection of the ordinary people, we call upon the militant trade unions from all over the world to strengthen their pressure demanding from the authorities to adopt measures and funds for the protection against wildfires, floods, earthquakes and for the application of health and safety conditions at the work places.

The W.F.T.U. supports the initiatives of PAME and of all militant trade unions of Greece, which through their action and their positions, they stand at the side of the victims of the wildfires at the capital of Greece.

The W.F.T.U. supports the efforts of the firemen, of many workers and volunteers who fight unevenly with the fire.

We wish the 172 injured persons who are now hospitalized full and speedy recovery and to join their families soon.

The Secretariat