Greek Workers Strikes Spreading

Greek Workers Strikes Spreading

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doctor_390_2801Only days after riot police broke up a Metro strike, a new transport strike has shut down buses and trains for Jan. 28-29 and more work stoppages are being planned by doctors, health centers, ambulance drivers and utility workers. Trolley workers suspended their plans to strike.

The medical workers said they will walk off the job on Jan. 31 for 24 hours to protest cuts in the national healthcare system and the government health insurance agency the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY.)The strike will be accompanied by rally outside the Health Ministry and march to Syntagma Square.

The main union representing Public Power Corporation workers, GENOP-DEI, said its members will hold a 24-hour strike the same day, this one in support of metro, tram and electric railway workers in Athens who were forced to return to work after a nine-day strike over wage cuts.

The public transport workers were issued with civil mobilization orders by the government. GENOP-DEI said that the measure was “illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional.” It is not clear if the strike threatens to cause any power outages, according to the Athens newspaper Kathimerini.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has taken a hard line against strikes and said no one will be exempted from austerity measures he imposed on the orders of international lenders, except for Parliament workers who have repeatedly threatened to strike if the government attempts to impose more pay cuts on them.

One of his coalition partners, PASOK Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos, reportedly wanted the transport workers excluded from more austerity measures too but relented and said the Metro strike was “unacceptable,” while the other coalition member, Democratic Left head Fotis Kouvelis, who has occasionally complained about pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions, has also gone along with Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative party leader.

  • worldarts

    How can we have any “future for Greece” when we still have the very same 2
    criminal parties PASOK and ND still in power who have created the mess and all
    the financial problems that have destroyed Greece for 35 years and are STILL
    continuing to do so by not putting any one of their political cronies in
    jail?

  • George

    No wonder the Ottomans gave up and went home. This place is hopeless. 

  • Laser-punch

     Sacrifice and unity can only be made ​​possible through this crisis.If the claim. Benefit from it.Nation is caught up in the disaster worse.

  • AlexBC

    I know. Lets strike lets strike when we know our government doesn’t have the money to pay us.  Let’s strike when we know it creates political instability and hurts our economy further.

    Putting our personal greed ahead of the needs of our country will show how we  support the people. Viva la revolutione comrades.

  • AlexBC

    How can we have a future for Greece when 30% of the population (mostly former Pasok voters) now vote even futher left by supporting communist buffoons like Syriza and KKE? Why aren’t we putting these violent leftist extremists and their political cronies that cheer on terrorist violence in jail?

  • Alithia

    Greece will be a much better place if there were no Greeks. 

  • AlexBC

    Greece would be better place without any communists. Always shamelessly beginning for handouts

  • The maverik

    My wife wants to travel to Greece to see for hersel how Greeks do strike…She has never seen in her life what it looks like in a country when it strike everyday…