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Greece General strike marks International Workers Day

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2352

Greece came to a halt on Wednesday of last week as workers joined the second general strike of the year. 

The strike took place on 1 May—International Workers Day. It brought trains and ferries to a standstill. 

The strike came days after parliament backed a series of new austerity measures.

Despite the Greek Orthodox Easter holidays, around 10,000 workers marched through the capital, Athens. Strikers and supporters rallied at the Greek parliament in Syntagma Square.

The government is under pressure from its creditors—the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. 

They want it to push ahead with civil service job losses and other measures agreed in return for a bailout agreed last year.

The government has attacked workplace rights in the hope of sacking the equivalent of 25 civil service workers every day until the end of 2014.

Greece currently has a record unemployment rate of 27 percent.

 


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International
Tue 7 May 2013, 18:58 BST
Issue No. 2352
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