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Mavrikos comes from a cattle-breeding family from a small island of Greece, Europe. He worked for sixteen years in the branch of metal workers in a factory of agricultural machinery. He has participated in social struggles since he was a student. He was fired from his job for his political and trade union action on three occasions.
He has been an elected unionist since 1975. For many years, he was Chairman of the Private Employees Association of Athens. From 1993 until 1997 he served as General Secretary of the Greek General Confederation of Labor. From 1999-2008 he was at head of PAME (All Workers Militant Front). In 2000, he was elected Vice-President of the World Federation of Trade Unions in the 14th Congress of the WFTU in New Delhi, India. From 2000 to 2005, he was Coordinator of the European Regional Office of the WFTU. In the 15th WFTU Congress in Havana, Cuba, he was elected General Secretary.
In the general political elections in Greece in September 2007, he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament for the Greek Communist Party (KKE). Mavrikos served in that position until the 2012 elections. He received international attention in February 2012 when during the parliamentary debate he threw his copy of the draft of the austerity bill at the finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos.
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- Niki Kitsantonis and Rachel Donadio (2012-02-12). "Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Plan after Riots Rage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
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