Greek workers have begun a 24 hour strike in protest at the government’s efforts to push through more austerity measures. The demonstrators who include both unionised and non-union workers, are gathering around the Athens parliament building in an attempt to prevent ministers from voting.
Steps to help Greece’s debt-ridden economy have already raised the unemployment rate to 16.2 per cent and deepened the country’s recession.
Prime Minister George Papandreou is hoping to secure another 12 billion euros in aid next month, but he must implement a five year plan including more tax increases, spending cuts and reducing state employees by a fifth.
A meeting last night in Brussels between euro zone finance ministers ended without agreement, as they attempted to put together a plan for a second bailout for Greece. A deadline’s been set for June 20th.