Greece - Planned reforms lead to national strike - December 31, 2017

Workers organised a massive 24-hour general strike demanding the government to end austerity measures. Ferries and flights were suspended, public transport was limited and hospitals treated emergency cases only as doctors joined workers across the country in the strike. Around 50 anti-austerity demonstrations took place across the country. Unions are calling on the government to stop making cuts that have led to poverty, high unemployment and restrictions on labour rights. The third international bailout programme is due to end in August 2018, and the country has agreed to continue slashing wages and pensions when external funding comes to an end. Earlier this month, the government decided to withdraw an amendment on workers’ strike, due to strong reactions from opposition parties. Regarding the right to go on strike, the amendment said that for a union to go on strike, at least 50% plus one of active union members must agree.

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