Greece - Strike action continues - November 30, 2010

Various sectors and occupational groups have continued strike activity against what is regarded as the government’s one-sided austerity policies, and various unions have announced new strikes. Most recently a nationwide media strike has been called for Tuesday 30 November 30, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday. On Thursday 25 November various demonstrations took place in Athens. In the main demonstration, organised by public and private union federations, protesters marched through the center of the capital to the Finance Ministry. The federations also organised a three-hour work stoppage in the capital that disrupted public transport and state services such as tax offices. State television suspended their broadcasts during the stoppage. Meanwhile, in response to a call by the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation, seamen continued to be on strike from 23 November on, leaving Greek islands without ferry services for a week. The seamen are demanding job protection, creation of an independent unemployment fund and a 2% wage increase (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 September and October 2010).

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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2010.

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