Greece - Austerity measures lead to strikes - May 31, 2017

Hospitals, transport services and government offices have been severely affected by a general strike over new austerity measures. Thousands of people stopped work on 17 May 2017 and marched through Athens to demonstrate over new measures that will cut pensions and end tax breaks. The new cuts are being demanded by international lenders. A large number of professions, including teachers, civil servants, transport staff, journalists and doctors, were involved in the strike, organised by the biggest trade unions, the GSEE and ADEDY. The seamen’s union extended their strike for four days, starting on 17 May 2017.

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