Greece - Unions plan to focus action on pension reform - May 28, 2010

According to the president of the main private sector confederation GSEE, the unions will strike in June to protest pension reform. Moreover, they are trying to mobilise workers across Europe to take joint action against austerity measures. The unions want the strike to coincide with the debate of the pension bill in parliament. “We will certainly strike against the pension reform as the bill is discussed in parliament. We'll be pushing until the end to prevent the worse,”  GSEE president Yannis Panagopoulos said. Parliament is expected to vote on the pension bill, which raises the retirement age and curtails early pensions, sometime in June ; the pension bill is part of a Euro 110 billion EU/IMF rescue deal agreed in May.

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