The idiom of unionism

The working classes in Greece, which had coalesced into a single unit from the end of the First World War, developed a special social idiom. It can be seen both in the statutes of their respective unions, and also in the idiom of the state (legislation), that is frequently encountered in them. Naturally this institutional idiom is not uniform and unchangeable. The complex vocabulary of the labour movement attempted to find solutions to the serious problems of the period: unemployement, demotion, loss of specialization. Inevitably, the idiom of unionism, articulated in the framework of harsh economic and social conditions, attempted in its various versions to confront on the one hand employment problems and on the other to improve employment conditions.