Greek salaries are down and taxes are up. Ordinary households are being financially stretched thinner and thinner. euronews met a typical family living around 50km from Athens, in Nea Peramos.
The father of five-year-old twins is a part time local fireman. He also takes small jobs in the village, like fixing televisions and radios.
Kostas Papadonis said: “I have been working as a fireman for 20 years, five months per year. My salary got up past 800 hundred euros a month, and now they tell me I’m earning too much. I don’t know if I’m going to be fired.”
Kostas Papadonis is expecting the austerity axe to fall swiftly. He shows what this 30 percent cut will do to his income as an employee of the state: it will reduce it to 626 euros per month.
Eva does temp fill-in work at the post office, and used to be a firefighter. She said: “Like others in Greece, we don’t know whether the Papandreou government’s economic measures will bring any good results.”
The Greek parliament in Athens has passed the unprecedented austerity bill. This is a precondition for help from Europe and the IMF.