Greece general strike begins over spending cuts

October 19, 2011 05:47

The strike for Wednesday and Thursday has been called by the two big unions that cover public and private sector workers. – BBC

From BBC News


A general strike is under way in Greece, grounding flights, halting most public services and shutting offices and shops.

The 48-hour strike comes as parliament prepares to vote on the latest round of austerity measures, including more tax hikes, pay cuts and job losses.

Tens of thousands have gathered in Athens to protest, amid tight security.

Greece is struggling to reduce a huge government deficit amid fears it may default and set off a eurozone crisis.

The EU and IMF have demanded tough cuts in return for two bailouts.

The pace of protests in Greece has been increasing for several weeks, with lightning strikes across virtually every sector of the economy.


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