الجمعة , يونيو 12 2020

Greek workers start 24-hour strike

Greek demonstrator - 18 June 2014Greece has seen continuing protests against austerity measures

Public sector workers in Greece have begun a twenty-four hour strike in protest at continuing cuts in government spending.

Hospitals, tax offices, prisons and archaeological sites are expected to be disrupted by the action.

The workers are protesting against austerity measures, including a 40% reduction to salaries and pensions.

The strike coincides with a visit from Greece’s international creditors to check on the country’s progress.

The European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank – known collectively as the Troika – are monitoring austerity measures that were a condition of a 240bn-euro (£190bn; $325bn) bailout.

The lenders have praised Greece’s progress in meeting the targets set. It has achieved a “primary budget surplus”, with its deficit wiped out apart from interest owed on the bailout.

After six years of recession, the economy is expected to return to growth this year.

But the BBC’s Mark Lowen says that after Greece’s high court ruling that recent wage cuts to judges, the armed forces and emergency service workers were illegal and must be repaid, there will be tense discussions about the widening hole in next year’s finances.

The nagging question remains about how to bring down a 26% unemployment rate caused chiefly by four years of austerity, our correspondent adds.

Are you in Greece? Are you taking part in the strike? You can email your experiences to [email protected], using the subject line ‘Greece strike’.

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