Greece -Unions envisage popular revolt over bailout -February 23, 2012

After the latest bailout deal was secured by the parliamentary vote on Tuesday 22 February, the popular fury at the terms of the rescue showed no signs of ebbing. “Two years ago we were demonstrating about wage and pension cuts but now they want to take away everything,” said Ilias Iliopoulos of the civil service confederation ADEDY, adding: “People are literally hungry and the number of homeless is growing every day … soon they won't take anymore. There'll be a popular revolt.” The unions, ADEDY and the GSEE private sector confederation, emphasize that the new austerity measures include a 22% cut in the minimum wage, 15% cut to supplementary pensions and a further cut of 15,000 public sector jobs. International union federations have also reacted on the social effects of the measures and the exclusion of the unions from decision-making. For example, on 21 February David Cockroft, general secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), said in a letter to the Greek government that Greek workers were being “disregarded and damaged” by efforts to meet the conditions, imposed on the country by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Eurozone countries.

English: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/22/greek-unions ...  
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