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Greeks protest against tax, pension reforms

Sunday, May 08, 2016 - 00:58

Greeks rally for a third day outside parliament over new tax and pension reforms they say will be the last straw for workers and pensioners after six years of austerity. Nathan Frandino reports.

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For a third day in a row, thousands of Greek protesters have marched on parliament. They're protesting a reform bill that the debt-laden country must pass and implement as part of a multi-billion euro bailout. The proposed bill would raise social security contributions, increase income tax for high earners and introduce a new national pension, none of which these protesters want. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) CONSTRUCTION WORKERS' SYNDICATE SECRETARY GENERAL, GEORGE THEODOROU, SAYING: "This bill is a guillotine for the workers and we demand that it be taken back immediately. Even if it gets voted in, the workers will not accept it." Athens hopes the measures will persuade creditors to approve the release of an 86 billion euro bailout. The protest comes as an ongoing strike has left ships docked at ports, disrupted public transportation and kept many workers off the job. The Greek parliament is expected to vote on the bill late Sunday.

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Greeks protest against tax, pension reforms

Sunday, May 08, 2016 - 00:58