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Greek couple stage suicide threat in jobs protest

Greek couple stage suicide threat in jobs protest
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A Greek couple fearing for their jobs threatened to commit suicide by jumping from the window ledge of their office in Athens.

Both are now safe: the husband was first persuaded to come down but the wife remained for about five hours before going back into the building.

They work for a state owned housing company under threat of closure.

Underlining the plight of many people in the country, they said their pay had been cut and they had debts and a mortgage they couldn’t pay.

Other employees have also staged a sit-in protest.

Many state organisations are to be shut down under Greek austerity measures. Civil servants have had their wages, pensions and benefits cut; more than 15,000 are to lose their jobs this year.

Unemployment rose above 20 percent late last year.