Mobilising Against Austerity: Greek and Portuguese Labour in the Resistance Against Water Privatisation.
And yet, workers have not simply accepted these restructuring pressures. They have organised and fought back against austerity and enforced privatisation. Set against the background of the structuring conditions surrounding the Eurozone crisis, in this paper, we will critically assess the struggles against enforced water privatisation in Greece and Portugal. We will analyse the dynamics and strategies of labour movements in organising resistance in both countries and compare the different levels of success. The paper is partly based on semi-structured interviews with Greek and Portuguese ‘water activists’.