Greece -Steel workers strike ends in tear gas -August 1, 2012

Following violent clashes with the police, steel workers have decided to end their nine month strike at Halyvourgia steel plant in Aspropyrgos, western Attica. The conflict started when the company used newly enacted austerity legislation to lower salaries to €500 per month and lay off a number of workers. Whilst the strike was ruled illegal by court order weeks ago, workers continued the strike and occupied the plant. After a new court order, Prime Minister Samaras ordered the riot police to end the strike, which resulted in a violent clash in which the police used tear gas to drive the strikers out. Following the clashes, 107 out of 150 union members voted to end the strike and returned to work. Meanwhile, management fired another 50 workers and it is rumoured production will be moved from Aspropyrgos to another plant in Volos.

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