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Further strike action hits Greece


Greece continues to be hit by strike action over government austerity measures.

Over the past few days truckers have been on the streets; today numerous other sectors are protesting.

The workers want the supreme court to rule that because they have renewable one-year contracts, they should be recognised as permanent staff.

One demonstrator said: “We’ve been working for three, four, five years, without insurance, with a wage of 500 euros a month, and a shift of 7 to 3 every day. But they don’t recognise this.”

As the government tries to cut the country’s massive debt, staff considered as non-permanent are particularly under threat. The protesters include the likes of firefighters, local government workers and rubbish collectors.

Market vendors are also protesting against an increase in taxes and a new requirement that receipts be issued for all sales.

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