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George Mavrikos comes from the island of Skyros, a small island in the North Aegean Sea of two thousands citizens. His parents were farmers. He lived in Skyros until he was 15 years old (1950-1965) and then he moved in Athens. He got involved in the grass-root movement from his school years. During the 7 years of dictatorship in Greece (1967-1974) he was fired twice from his work in textile factories due to his trade union and political action. He participated in November 1973 in the Polytechnic uprising of students against the dictatorship in which 27 militants were killed by the guns of the army and the police. He worked for 14 years in big factory of agricultural machinery where he was elected chairman of the workers union. In 1982 he was elected as organizational secretary of the Athens Labor Center (EKA). During 1985-1986 he studied in the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences in Moscow. He was a member of the European Social Fund in the European Union. From 1993 to 1998 he was elected General Secretary of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE). During 1999-2007 he headed PAME (All Workers Militant Front). In 2000 he was elected Vice-President of the WFTU and Head of the WFTU Regional European Office. In the 15th Congress of the WFTU in Havana, Cuba, he was elected General Secretary. In 2007 and in 2009 he was elected Member of the Hellenic Parliament with the Communist Party of Greece. In the 16th Congress of WFTU in Athens Greece and the 17th World Trade Union Congress in Durban South Africa, George Mavrikos was re-elected General Secretary of WFTU.