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Greeks mourn job losses

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 01:29

Sept 24 - Greek public sector workers went on strike for the second time in a week on Tuesday, shutting schools and leaving hospitals with skeleton staff, as inspectors from Greece's foreign lenders checked if the country was meeting its bailout targets. Hayley Platt.

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They're not giving up without a fight. Thousands of public sector workers, whose jobs are on-the-line, are taking part in a 48- hour strike. SOUNDBITE: Bob Theososis, civil servant, saying (Greek): "They are destroying the public sector, which in comparison with the rest of Europe has less workers. They are depriving Greek citizens in the interests of the troika and the government." 25,000 of the 600,000 public sector jobs in Greece are under threat. They include municipal police officers and teachers. Many schools were shut due to the action and there was skeleton staffing only at some hospitals. With an unemployment rate already at 27% it's no surprise the redundancies are being challenged. FUNERAL PICS The strikes and protests are meant to send a message to Greece's international lenders. This one on Monday symbolised the death of jobs The so-called troika is currently assessing Athens reforms to make sure it's sticking to its bailout agreement. Many in Greece wish they weren't SOUNDBITE: Dimitris Mitropoulos, engineer, saying (Greek): "They will have huge consequences for society because they reduce social services in the culture sector, in education, in health, in transport." Athens has already received more than 240 billion euros in bailouts. The latest troika review will determine the size of a third one for next year. Many strikers fear further cuts could be implemented now Angela Merkel has been re-elected.

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Greeks mourn job losses

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 01:29