In Greece protest continue over austerity measures which include laying off more publïc sector workers. Greece is suffering from high unemployment at above 25% for the population as a whole. Youth unemployment stands at a staggering 62.5%.
In parliament today Members of Parliament (MPs) voted on the austerity measures on Wednesday night, so today’s strike is an opportunity to change some minds within the parliament.The Athens government has tried to dissuade the protesters and calm their anger, by saying that only wages will be reduce temporarily, rather than permanent lay-offs.
The Greek news source Kathimerini reports this morning: ¨In various statements to the media, government officials sought to appease fears of impending layoffs. Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias told Skai that the aim was for all municipal police officers to be re-posted within the ranks of the Greek Police force.¨
¨Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis told Mega television channel that more than 1,000 hospital staff scheduled to join a mobility scheme for civil servants by the end of the year would only be subject to reduced wages for two months ahead of their transfer to other posts, insisting that none of them would be laid off.
But that may not prevent workers taking to the streets, or from continuing their sit-ins at some municipal buildings.¨