New Public Sector Strike in Greece Calls for End to Austerity

World | March 12, 2014, Wednesday // 15:34| Views: 1510 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: New Public Sector Strike in Greece Calls for End to Austerity Greek school teachers tied with chains to the barriers in front of the parliament shout slogans during a protest against suspensions and lay-offs, in central Athens, Greece, 12 March 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Greece's public sector was brought to a standstill on Wednesday as state employees started a 24-hour strike.

The event was called by ADEDY, the Federation civil servants, as a protest against the job cutting in the sector, which, in accordance with conditions set by international lenders, is still under way.

People working for insurance funds, tax inspectors, teachers, doctors and medical personnel flocked the streets, demanding an end to austerity.

They are protesting to express their anger at a bill that envisages the abolishing or merger of state entities, as well as dismissing a large number of civil servants. 

A 48-hour action has also been scheduled for March 19 and 20, as Bulgarian website Dnevnik.bg reports.

Severe austerity measures are still being implemented in Greece, which officials in Athens say is doing its best to receive the next EUR 11 B tranche of international bailout agreed with the international lenders, the EU, the ECB, and the IMF.

On Monday, it failed to reach a deal with the so-called "Troika" of creditors that would unlock the money, but the talks are set to continue on Monday.

Greece is reportedly on the path to growth, but restrictions to government spending remain.

Protests are now part of everyday life in the country, after taxes have increased considerably and unemployment has been on the rise over the past five years due to the austerity measures. 

Experts, however, assure the nation is heading out of the recession, which has contracted its GDP by a quarter since 2008.

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