Tax Inspectors to Strike, Protests Spread



Tax inspectors will go on strike next week to protest against planned wage and pension cuts, threatening more disruption to revenue collection efforts that are already falling behind budget targets imposed by international lenders.

With much of Greece expected to be shut down by a general strike on October 19, finance ministry officials have called a two-week stoppage from October 17 while tax offices will remain closed from October 17-20 and customs officials will stay away from their desks from October 18-23.

On Wednesday, the finance ministry in Athens was shuttered with a black banner reading “Occupied” hanging down the front of the building, which faces parliament across the central Syntagma Square.
(source: reuters)