Public and private sector unions in Greece have brought most of the country to a standstill.A 24-hour strike in protest over government economic reforms saw thousands of workers take to the streets in several major cities. The unions claim the reforms are penalising workers unfairly but the government says it must cut Greece’s budget deficit to ward off EU sanctions. One worker claimed that businesses and the government should really focus on the problem of unemployment in society. Most areas of Greek life were hit by the strike, from the closure of schools, hospitals and ports to the crippling of transport systems – making getting to work a misery for most. The reforms have hit the government’s popularity ratings hard despite only being half-way through its four-year term. Opinion polls show public support for the ruling conservatives has fallen and is now on a level with the opposition socialists.
Commuter chaos as general strike hits Greece