Workers and youth in Greece have engaged in strikes and demonstrations over the past weeks against the attempts of the Greek government to slash public spending by forcing through massive cutbacks to jobs, wages, pensions, health care, education and social services. These struggles anticipate mass resistance by workers internationally, as governments everywhere impose harsh austerity programs to recoup the huge sums they spent bailing out their respective banking systems following the global financial meltdown in September 2008. Far from a “recovery”, the banks and corporations, which received trillions in public funds, are demanding that the international working class pay for the failure of the capitalist market.
Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and an expert in Marxist political economy, will speak on the second stage of the global financial crisis and the necessity for workers of all countries to adopt a unified socialist perspective as they enter into struggle to defend their most fundamental class interests.
Thursday, May 20, 7.00 p.m.
Hilda M. Davis Senior Citizens Centre
185 Bigge Street, Liverpool
(short walk along Bigge Street from Liverpool Station)
Wednesday, May 26, 7.00 p.m.
Footscray Park Campus, Ballarat Rd
Building G, Level 3, Room G 368.
(Enter main entrance via Ballarat Rd
Car park directly opposite Ballarat Rd)
Sunday, May 30, 1.00 p.m.
Joy Cumming Centre
Corner of Scott and Pacific Streets, Newcastle
(one block past Newcastle Station)
Entry: $5/$3 concession
For more information contact the SEP here, or on (02) 9790 3511 or (03) 9329 7711