OPINION

Yielding can send wrong message

The high cost of tidying up the labor relations problems at the Piraeus Port Authority has sent the wrong message on many different fronts. First of all, and most importantly, it signals to other pressure groups that if they follow a strategy of blackmailing the state into yielding to their demands they may eventually get their way. At the same time, it fosters a sense of social injustice among thousands of workers and professionals who are trying to survive to the best of their ability without having the privilege of being in a position where they can manipulate and force the state to do as they wish. Last, but certainly not least, the government’s decision to yield to the demands of the port workers sends the completely wrong message to international markets and to the European Commission. Greece cannot be seen to be spending money that it cannot afford and placating powerful interest groups precisely when all of our European peers are exerting pressure on the government to curb public spending and Greece is seeking EU and international support in its bid to achieve economic recovery.