Greece - Pension and tax reform pending - March 31, 2016

In February 2016, there were demonstrations against the governments’ plans to reform the country’s pension system and increase taxes. The opposition to the reforms is putting pressure on Prime Minister Tsipras, who was elected for his anti-austerity promises and firm opposition to further pension cuts. It is unclear when the bill will be introduced to the parliament. The opposition to the pensions overhaul has been unanimous, bringing together a disparate group of professions, including blue-collar and white-collar workers. Doctors, engineers and lawyers – many in their suits and ties – joined the protests alongside farmers, taxi-drivers, seamen and builders, an action that has become known as the ‘necktie movement’.

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