The harsh compromise forced on the Syriza government by the Eurogroup has deepened the anger against austerity, argues Costas Pittas. This is most pronounced among rank and file workers.
The electoral victory of Syriza in Greece on 25 January created huge optimism. After five years of struggle — with strikes, occupations and demonstrations in the squares — the government of the austerity Memorandum collapsed and a left party came to office. The Syriza ministers’ first declarations boosted this optimism: redundant civil servants would get their jobs back, privatisation would stop and the immigrant detention camps would be closed.