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All should equally pay for the crisis in Greece

18 October 2012 / 15:10:10  GRReporter
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"If all the protests and strikes that have been taking place had had a positive effect, the country would have become Switzerland," reads one of the most shared statuses today on the social network Facebook.

In Greece, it is again a day of nationwide strike, which the major trade unions GSEE (of the private sector employees) and ADEDY (of the public sector employees) support. The Communist trade union PAME is protesting too but separately from the rest. The participants oppose the new austerities and shout loudly slogans against the memorandum of economic assistance, the supervisory Troika and the government. At the same time, trade unionists, who report a significant decrease in their influence, do not have any alternative suggestion for solving the problem.

It is another matter who the people involved in the strike procession are. Over the past three years, fewer public workers have dared to strike and lose thereby their pay for that particular day. On the other hand, private sector employees have never abandoned their job to strike.

However, massive strike processions are taking place in the centre of Athens and the larger Greek cities today and the protests are expected to become more intense with the approach of the date of the vote on the austerity measures by the Greek parliament.

About a month ago, GRReporter asked its readers who has a greater right to protest. We present today the results of the poll, which are almost identical in the three language versions of the web site.

Readers agree that the burden of the crisis should be divided equally among all. 57% of readers of the English version of the web site support this response as well as 39% of the Greek and 38% of the Bulgarian versions.

But while the readers of the Greek and English versions rank pensioners second with 20% and 22% respectively, 33% of the Bulgarian readers believe that all social groups should protest. However, 23% of them believe that pensioners have yet more right to protest compared to the rest.

As for the other social and professional groups, the uniformed personnel received the highest percentage but only from the readers of the Greek version – 7%. They have the support of 2% of readers of the English and 1% of those of the Bulgarian versions.

The right of teachers and trainers to protest is supported by 4% of readers of the Greek version, 3% of the Bulgarian and 2% of the English version.

The results for public workers are: 4% in the Greek, 2% in the English and 0% in the Bulgarian versions of GRReporter.

Then follow the physicians, who have the support of 3% of the vote in the Greek and 1% in the other two versions.

Their readers gave pharmacists 0%, who were still supported by 3% of readers of the Greek version.

Last are journalists who, according to the readers of the Greek and English versions, have no reason to protest. In the Bulgarian version, they received only 1% of the votes.

Thank you for your active participation and we are looking forward to your answers in our new poll: What do you think will be the future of Golden Dawn?


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