A rally has been held in Athens, in solidarity with public sector workers across Greece taking part in a two-day strike over the government’s plan to cut thousands of jobs.
Greece is planning 11,400 public sector layoffs this year, the fifth straight year of job cuts in the sector.
Taking part in the rally, 42-year-old Katerina said she felt awful having been laid off as a school guard: “We haven’t managed to find jobs yet. They’re so hard to find and we’re not young, but we’re not so old either.”
Greece has had to impose a series of spending cuts and tax hikes to comply with the terms of its 240 billion euro bailout from the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The troika of lenders is expected to unlock the next tranche of loans – after announcing that Greece’s fiscal performance is on track to meet their targets.