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Greece’s Unions Go on General Strike, Feb 7/12

Public and private sector unions, ADEDY and GSEE, will launch a 24-hour general strike tomorrow Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 to protest the new austerity measures package. “These policies lead mathematically to the decline of the Greek economy and the impoverishment of the society. Employees will turn into outcasts, jobless and pensioners into beggars and deprive the youth from future perspectives and hope” said the trade unions in a statement. 

The unions protest the additional austerity measures that will decrease wages and non-wages labour costs, lower the minimum wages in the private sector, reduce supplementary pensions and massive lay-offs in the public sector.

On Feb 7/12, the unions will hold a protest at 11 am at Syntagma Square.

Unionists will decide on Feb 9/12 about further actions and strikes.

Strikes in the public and private sector normally affect all public services (incl tax offices, public health sector etc), utilities services and public transport.

This post will be updated as soon as there will be relevant announcements

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4 comments

  1. I WORK WITH THE STEELWORKERS UNION IN CANADA AND WE AGREE WITH YOUR PROTEST.

    THE GOVERNMENT (AS WELL AS THE USA GOVERNMENT) ARE TRYING TO CRIPPLE THE UNIONS IN CANADA AS WELL.

    ALL THE BEST TO YOU. LYNDA

  2. When exactly do you expect people to do when you don’t pay them what you have agreed to pay? Why do you expect others to loan you more money? Greece is free to leave the Euro and go back to Drachma if they prefer that option. If you go back on the Drachma I think you will regret not taking the painful cuts that the EU,IMF,ECB want.

    • I’m afraid Greece is not free to leave the Euro, see EU Treaties. We still confuse the ‘Greeks’ with the Greek political leadership, the Greek people and the Greeks who benefited by voting for certain parties.