Invitation to a Forum
The Syriza Victory and the Rise of Podemos in Europe: What Lessons for the Philippine Left?
The anti-austerity left party Syriza has won the Greek election by a decisive margin. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said his party’s victory marked an end to the “vicious cycle of austerity”, referring to the neoliberal conditions imposed on Greece by the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank.
Syriza is a coalition of different socialist and progressive forces. Its governmental platform includes:
Audit of the public debt and suspension of payments until the economy has revived and employment return;
Raising the minimum salary to the pre-cut levels;
Free health care for the homeless and those with low salaries;
Elimination of privatization in the public health system;
Reunion of migrant families;
Closure of foreign bases in Greece and withdrawal from NATO;
Elimination of all privileges of congress representatives;
Nationalization of the banks.
Syriza’s great victory marks a critical turning point in the struggle against neoliberalism in Europe and is an important gain for the working class and socialist movements. It opens the way for a victory for the left-wing party Podemos in the upcoming elections in Spain.
We are arranging a speaker from Syriza who can join us via video conference. A panel of discussants — Reihana Mohideen, Ric Reyes, Sonny Melencio, Josua Mata, Ed Tadem and others — will assess the international and national implications of the Syriza victory, including what the potential lessons are for the Philippines movement.
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Workers’ House, 94 Scout Delgado, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City
Bukluran ng Mangagawang Pilipino (BMP)
Focus on the Global South, Philippines
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
Transform Asia Gender and Labor Institute
World March of Women – Pilipinas