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Another 24-hour general strike

19 May 2010 / 12:05:42  GRReporter
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New general strike - second for this month, is organized tomorrow by officials, pensioners and the unemployed against cuts in wages and pensions, new taxes and new developments in the pension system. 

As "vampires and cannibals" described the chairman of the union employees in the private sector Yannis Panagopulos the international institutions, which insist on the reduction of salaries in the private sector. According to the IMF, the ECB and the EC reduction of salaries in the private sector is imperative, in order to reduce cost of Greek production and for it to become competitive in world markets. 

With fear that reforms will not end here, unions raise tone and hope through demonstrations and protests to succeed in mitigating measures. Tomorrow union of employees in the private and public sectors organize a protest rally on Pedio tou Areos square at 11:00AM and the union of Communist Party members will gather at 10:00AM on Omonia square. 

Because of the general strike the unions of employees in the subway, trolleys and buses decided not to work for 24 hours. During the previous strike the subway, trolley, buses and trams were operating between 10:00AM and 4:00PM, but tomorrow during that time operating will only be the electric train and the trams. Although originally the option was discussed to work between 10:00AM and 4:00PM, in order to facilitate students to reach their schools, who currently have term tests, and to facilitate the protesters to move to assembly points for demonstrations and then transported them back, officials of the subway, trolley and buses decided to strike all day. 

Participating in the strike will be public servants offices, tax officials and municipal employees, customs officials, teachers and professors. Lawyers will also not work, and public hospitals will only work with staff on duty. The strike will be joined by employees in the State Power Company, who also decided to engage in continuous 48 hour strikes from Monday night. 

Furthermore, participating are bank officials, private sector employees and the means of mass transportation. Only the electric train will work and a decision is expected whether it will work between 10:00AM and 4:00PM. Furthermore, train employees will strike and for over 24 hours there will be no trains, except the so-called trains servicing routed for social needs. Striking will also be port workers but not airport dispatchers. Most probably the strike will not be joined by journalists, who are deciding today whether they will strike tomorrow.

Tags: Greece economy crisis measures reforms strike
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