Socialist Workers' Party (Greece)
|Socialist Workers Party of Greece|
|Σοσιαλιστικό Εργατικό Κόμμα|
|Founded||as OSE in 1971|
Socialism from Below
|Ideology||Revolutionary Socialism, Trotskyism|
|National affiliation||Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow|
|International affiliation||International Socialist Tendency|
|Politics of Greece
The Socialist Workers Party of Greece (Greek: Σοσιαλιστικό Εργατικό Κόμμα, SEK) is an affiliate of the International Socialist Tendency (IST). It is the second largest organisation in IST behind the Socialist Workers Party of Britain.
SEK originated among a group of exiled Greek students in London, led by Maria Styllou and Panos Garganas, and a group of Greek students during the occupations of universities against the Greek dictatorship. In the beginning they organised themselves as the Socialist Revolution Organisation (OSE). While in London they developed relations with the International Socialists led by Tony Cliff and were won to the politics of the IST.
In the early 1980s, the OSE developed closer links with the IST, grew fairly rapidly and in 1997 changed their name to the Socialist Workers Party. In 2001 a minority left to form the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA) organisation. SEK publishes a weekly newspaper, Workers Solidarity (Εργατική Αλληλεγγύη), and a bi-monthly magazine, Socialism from Below (Σοσιαλισμός από τα Κάτω).
The SEK is active in a number organisations, including the Greek "Stop the War Coalition", "United Against Racism and the threat of Fascism".
In the 2006 Greek local elections for Athens-Piraeus Super Prefecture, the SEK supported candidates under the banner "Συμμαχία για την Υπερνομαρχία" (Symmachia gia tin Ypernomarchia = Union for the Super Prefecture) which took 1.32%.
Electoral results and tactics
|Results since 1996
(year links to election page)
|Year||Coalition||Type of Election||Votes||%||Seats|
|2000||Parliament||proposed vote to Synaspismos, KKE, DIKKI|
|2004||Anti-Capitalist Coalition||European Parliament||11,938||0.19||0|
|2007||United Anti-Capitalist Left||Parliament||10,595||0.15||0|
|2009||Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow||Parliament||24,735||0.36||0|
|2012||Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow||Parliament||75,439||1.19||0|
|2012||Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow||Parliament||20.389||0,33||0|