Greece faces prospect of fresh strikes

Greece faces prospect of fresh strikes

Greece’s biggest labour union has called a new nationwide strike for next week to protest against proposed reforms to the debt-laden country’s pension and labour systems.

The GSEE private sector umbrella union said today it had timed the walkout to coincide with a vote in parliament on the new reforms on July 8.

Greece’s government recently undertook painful austerity cuts and tax hikes in response to its major debt crisis.

GSEE said it completely rejected the proposed reforms.

Officials at the ADEDY umbrella civil servants’ union said it was also expected to call a strike on July 8. That would make it Greece’s sixth general strike this year.

Today Athens was left without buses for several hours as state-employed drivers went on strike to protest against delays in their salary payments.

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