Greek workers held a general strike on Tuesday, led by the public sector unions, over a law that will go before parliament on Wednesday that they claim will cost many of them their jobs.
The law seeks cuts mainly at the municipal level, and proposes 2,000 workers move departments or change jobs. However if a move is refused, dismissal will follow. Unions fear it will set a precedent, as 15,000 public sector jobs will be affected between now and 2014.
“We will not fall back, our struggle never stops, because justice is on our side. We cannot go on living on just 400 euros a month. We do not wish to merely survive, we want to live with dignity, as we deserve, so we will continue until the end,” said one woman.
While most Greeks believe the country cannot take any more cuts, Greece’s creditors are angry that little has been done to reduce the 600,000 strong public sector workforce, which is often accused of corruption and inefficiency.
“In spite of the general strike and the objections of MPs even from the ruling coalition, the bill is expected to pass through parliament by Wednesday midnight. This however, will by no means put an end to the reactions,” says euronews correspondent Nikoletta Kritikou in Athens.