The Greek austerity measures became an ugly reality at a small factory in the north of the country, when a worker who had been made redundant shot and wounded his former boss and a member of staff.
The 61 year old then took two employees hostage, demanding his job back.
The wounded men were taken to hospital, but neither was in a serious condition.
The hostages were eventually released unharmed and the man gave himself up to police.
The president of the Workers’ Union, Pantelis Magialos said: “The problem is we have to see why he did this, what forced his hand? The unemployment, the cut in income? We’ll have more of these problems ahead of us.”
The industrial town of Komotini has been one of the worst hit in a country where unemployment is running at 21 per cent and rising.
The incident came just days after the Greek parliament adopted further cuts in the public sector.