Greek government services, schools, ports, some hospitals and flights ground to a halt on Wednesday as the civil servants’ union staged a 24- hour strike against the government’s austerity measures.
They include a freeze on public sector salaries and new hiring, and fiscal reforms.
“It’s war against the workers, and we’ll answer with war, with constant struggle until this policy’s overturned,” said one striker.
“The government’s taking the side of the wealthy while insisting the workers pay for the crisis, and not those who created the crisis, the capitalists,” another added.
Thousands took to the streets and demonstrated outside parliament, but the two most recent opinion polls suggest well over 60 percent of the population agrees the tough budget is necessary.
The country’s largest labour union the GSEE is planning another strike on February the 24th.