With even more austerity measures about to hit them hard Greece’s two biggest trades unions from the private and state sectors joined in the streets of Athens today and promised daily protests from now on.
In exchange for more financial aid the Greek government will have make over six billion euros more in cuts this year and speed up privatisations.
“This attack by the government will not work. Workers will be in the streets every day with strikes and protests. They will gather in squares. The whole of society is against this attack,” said the private sector GSEE union’s Grigoris Kalomiris.
In total 22 billion euros will have to lopped off the budget by 2015 with a toxic mix of public spending cuts, slimmer pensions, higher taxes and VAT rises. A general strike has been called for June 15, and public anger against the political class is rising, even if Saturday’s march only attracted about 1000 people.