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Most Greeks are pessimistic and unsure of their future

12 November 2008 / 11:11:26  GRReporter
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Greek workers are very worried for their future, they are afraid they will lose their job and believe that Greece is not developing in the right direction. This shows a public opinion research done as requested by the unions. The labor-unions stated that the workers will the ones mostly affected by the crisis and announced December 10th to be an official strike day.


 


The research shows that 75% of all Greeks believe that their country is not developing in the right direction. To the question, “When you think about your future, how secure do you feel,” only 15% answered that they feel secure enough. 42% answered that they do not feel secure enough, and another 40% that they do not feel secure at all. At the same time, 65% of all Greeks asses that their children will live a worst life than them and only 11% see the next generation’s life in a brighter light.


 


Regarding the personal economic condition, 48% state that it has gone worse, and only 10% that it had gotten better. 43% of the asked think that in the next 12 months their finances will get worse, and another 40% believe it will stay at the same level. 45% are afraid that either they or another member of the family will lose their job in the next few months. The research shows that the unemployment and the rise of living costs are the biggest problems facing the Greeks. On the other side, under the statistical error level are those who believe the main problem is the environment, emigration, drugs, and questions of national interest like the argument regarding Macedonia’s name, the Cyprian problem, the Greek-Turkish relations.


 


The research encounters other forms of damaging the worker’s interests. For example, cutting the working hours shorter and lowering their salaries, cutting the number of working days during the week, dropping the insurance when working a second job. 

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