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Greek public sector workers rally against austerity

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Greek public sector workers rally against austerity


Greek workers have been back on the streets of Athens.

This time public sector employees were out on strike. They are angry at wage cuts of 15 percent.

Workers from hospitals, schools, universities and local government marched on Thursday. They have seen taxes go up and pensions frozen.

Prime Minister George Papandreou’s austerity measures remain hugely unpopular. But the numbers marching are falling as the Socialist government holds firm.

Air traffic controllers also joined the strike action. Flights in and out of Greece were grounded for four hours on Thursday leaving airports empty and passengers stranded.

Greece’s economy will not be taking off any-time soon either. It is predicted to contract a further 2.6 percent next year.

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