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Greeks divided over new bailout terms as country prepares to reopen banks

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 01:16

Greece prepares to reopen banks for the first time in three weeks, with its people divided over the terms of an aid package. Diane Hodges reports.

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"Never work on Sunday" proclaims this banner held by protesters across one Athens street. That could soon change as part of the bailout package required by Greece's creditors. The deal contains a mix of tax hikes, spending and pension cuts and an end to the long-held tradition of a work-free Sunday. The provision provides a vivid demonstration of the way the bailout has divided the country. (UPSOT OF PROTEST ORGANIZER AND BOOKSTORE EMPLOYEE, ELENI LALOU) This protester says Greek workers will fight to protect all their rights, including the right not to work on Sundays. (UPSOT OF PENSIONER, MARIA) But this pensioner welcomes the plan to open shops on Sundays, saying, "Who do they think they are? Everybody works on Sundays. I used to work everyday and even at night." Retired workers will be among those hit hardest by the changes, since pension cuts are a key part of the plan. But Greek citizens will see some relief on Monday, when Greek banks open for the first time in three weeks. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras intends to seal the bailout deal with European partners over the next few weeks, before likely new elections that could happen as early as September.

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Greeks divided over new bailout terms as country prepares to reopen banks

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 01:16