The sadism of the unions

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Hun­dreds of thou­sands of cit­i­zens are be­ing in­con­ve­nienced by the fre­quent strike ac­tion dis­rupt­ing Athens metro ser­vices with no end in sight to the stop­pages. A small group of priv­i­leged em­ploy­ees is wreak­ing havoc with the com­mutes of work­ers in the broader area of the Greek cap­i­tal, and seem to be do­ing so with sadis­tic fer­vor. The only goal of this group of peo­ple ap­pears to be the pro­mo­tion of their own de­mands, the logic of which ap­pears to be rather ques­tion­able, to say the least. What is worse, the union­ists rep­re­sent­ing these work­ers are in­con­sis­tent in their de­mands. On the one hand, they claim to speak for the Greek pub­lic and ex­press sol­i­dar­ity with ha­rangued and long-suf­fer­ing com­muters; on the other hand, they con­ceal their real in­ten­tions be­hind to­tally ab­stract and – let’s be frank – com­pletely in­com­pre­hen­si­ble de­mands. This is a type of be­hav­ior that can only be de­scribed as shame­ful and rep­re­hen­si­ble, and it can­not be al­lowed to con­tinue.

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