The General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) decided a general strike for November 12. This is the first strike against the new recessionary measures the leftist government is imposing.
The security fund reforms that will bring major pension cuts and an increase in retirement age is the main issue GSEE protests against. Union members say the bailout agreement requirements will have people working past 67 years of age before they can retire.
GSEE president Yannis Panagopoulos said in his speech that the new measures are “monstrous” and “painful” regarding social security and that the committee that has decided the new measures deconstruct the whole security fund system. The confederation decided to go on a nationwide strike on November 12.
At the same time, the Greek Civil Servants Confederation (ADEDY) decided that on Wednesday, October 21, public sector employees will stop working at noon until the end of the shift and they will hold a protest rally at 1 pm outside the Ministry of Labor, Social Security and Social Solidarity protesting for the salvation of the Civil Servants Pension Fund.