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Welcome speech by the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou at a one-day conference of the Employment Centre of Athens (EKA) and the Labour Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (INE GSEE).

Ms Rena Dourou, the Regional Governor of Attica, gave a welcome speech at a one-day conference on: "Trade Unions and Immigration: New challenges in times of crisis". The conference was organised by the Employment Centre of Athens in cooperation with the Labour Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE).

In her welcome address, the Regional Governor of Attica stressed, inter alia, that: ‘the class of immigrants belongs to the active workforce. In other words, they rank alongside young people, women, as well as people said to be “flexible employees”, the euphemism for workers with reduced rights, especially in the current times of crisis.”

Furthermore, the Regional Governor of Attica underlined that these categories of population, especially the migrants - provided their integration into society is achieved in such a way that they enjoy equal status and they become functional- “may reinforce, refresh and support the institution itself of trade unions”, since they can strengthen it at all four levels: “safeguarding of employment, protecting of workers’ rights, preserving social cohesion through the continuity of the social fabric. And finally, safekeeping of the quality and the level of democracy itself in our country”.

Moreover, as the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou, pointed out, attracting immigrants into trade unions shall enhance the latter’s role in terms of numbers, and also substantiate their action “at a time when the social fabric is eroded by the phenomena of racism and xenophobia”.

In conclusion, the Regional Governor of Attica welcomed this initiative and advocated the necessity “to build, through joint action a social front for labour and democracy. A front against policies that have impoverished the society. An effective shield against racism and xenophobia”.


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