Greek civil servants blocked the entrance to the Finance Ministry on Thursday in an effort to prevent international talks about the country’s debt crisis. Similar protests were held outside other government offices including the justice, health and labour ministries.
Public sector workers feel they will bear the brunt of more austerity measures including redundancies and pay cuts. One representative of ADEDY, the Confederation of Civil Servants, said he did not want outside interference: “The political demand is that the austerity plan be abolished and for the international inspectors to leave Greece. They support these proposals that are driving us into poverty, both civil servants and private sector workers.”
Representatives from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – together known as the troika – are meeting with Greek ministers today to discuss terms for more badly needed bailout money.
Greece is already dangerously close to defaulting and needs the latest instalment of the 110 billion euro package agreed last summer.
There are rising fears the crisis in Greece could have a domino effect on other debt-laden eurozone countries such as Italy, Portugal and Spain.