Greek unions plan 24-hour strike against austerity

ATHENS Sun Feb 5, 2012 4:01pm EST

ATHENS Feb 5 (Reuters) - Greece's two major labour unions plan a 24-hour strike on Tuesday against austerity measures and reforms demanded by international lenders in exchange for a new bailout package, union officials said on Sunday.

"We are planning a one-day strike on Tuesday," Ilias Iliopoulos, secretary general of public sector union ADEDY, told Reuters. "Despite our sacrifices and despite admitting that the policy mix is wrong, they still ask for more austerity."

ADEDY and its private sector sister union GSEE represent about about 2 million workers or roughly half the country's workforce. They have staged repeated strikes since the country first resorted to bailouts from foreign lenders in 2010.

A GSEE official said the two unions would on Monday finalize plans to strike.

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Comments (4)
Jas1969 wrote:
At least the coffee shops will be raking in the cash on Tuesday. Make sure you get a receipt!

Feb 06, 2012 7:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
“Greek unions plan 24-hour strike against austerity”

The headline sounds like the Greek People are going on strike against Kleenex or something.

How about this headline:

Greek Union members stage one day strike over 25% cut in pay increased sales taxes.

Feb 06, 2012 8:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
grc5516 wrote:
Public sector unions and their control of the tax receipts! Beware U.S., our day is coming.

Feb 06, 2012 8:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
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