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Greek workers strike against EU/IMF reforms

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 01:30

Greek public-sector workers have gone on strike to protest at labour and pension reforms and state asset sales which the government agreed with the country's official creditors in exchange for loans. As Sonia Legg reports, Athens is also at odds with its lenders over some reforms.

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The Greek government's been banging on about debt relief. It's had no joy yet and there's still no fourth bailout. Frustration has erupted again like it did all too often during the early years of the debt crisis. Public-sector workers, including teachers and doctors, have gone on strike. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) PRESIDENT OF THE GREEK FEDERATION OF WORKERS AT PUBLIC HOSPITALS, MICHALIS GIANNAKOS, SAYING: "Mr. Tsipras who was opposed to bailouts is now supporting them and we're one step away from signing a fourth bailout. The programme under which he was elected has been thrown in the bin. He is looking to achieve a primary surplus by destroying wages, pensions and social security. We will not allow him to throw us into a pit of snakes." Around 3,000 people took part in the day of action in a bid to remind the government the reforms it's being asked to accept aren't popular. Athens too is at odds with its lenders - the Prime Minister arguing labour reforms and a minimum wage mechanism, among others, are "irrational" demands. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) TEACHER AND MEMBER OF THE ATHENS TEACHER'S UNION, DINA KARANE, SAYING: "When the government says it is discussing with creditors, and the discussions are about new measures that attack labour rights, our answer is tear down these bailouts." Tsipras was elected on a pledge to end austerity. His decision to sign a new international bailout last July was seen as a betrayal by many. His popularity rating has been dropping in recent months. His leftist party now trails the conservative opposition - and all the while the recession - now seven years long - continues.

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Greek workers strike against EU/IMF reforms

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 01:30