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Greek public sector workers fight for their jobs


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Greek public sector workers fight for their jobs

Over 30,000 Greek workers held a general strike on Tuesday in one of the biggest anti-austerity protests in Greece this year. It is over a law that will go before parliament on Wednesday that they claim could cost them their jobs.

The law seeks cuts and proposes 12,500 public sector workers move departments or change jobs. However, if a move is refused, dismissal will follow. Unions fear it will set a precedent, as 25,000 public sector jobs will be put in the scheme by the end of the year.

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 thousand strong public sector, widely seen as corrupt and inefficient.

Nikolas Koutsoukis, General Secretary of the GSEE Union said: “The lawmakers of the Greek parliament have to make a serious decision for once, and they must choose either society or the troika.”

Protesters chanted “no more sacrifices” and “fight against capitalism.”

In spite of the general strike and the objections of MPs, the bill is expected to pass through Parliament by Wednesday midnight.

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