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Greek state workers protest against privatisation

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Greek state workers protest against privatisation


Many tourists in Greece found getting around was a problem on Thursday as workers in state-owned industries protested once again about the latest addition to the government’s money-saving plan.

Public transport staff planned morning and evening stoppages. Post office, bank and port workers walked out for 24 hours.

They are furious because their employer, the government, wants to privatise state-owned firms like the Piraeus Port Authority.

The sell-off programme is an extra measure aimed at raising a further 50-billion euros on top of an already unpopular 6.5 billion in savings from spending cuts and tax rises.

It is a painful attempt to meet the terms of a major EU-IMF financial rescue package designed to keep Greece from drowning in a sea of debt.

The measures have not passed the parliament yet.

Workers hope to sway MPs’ opinion with a broader-based strike next week.

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