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Massive Strike Against Austerity Halts Transit in Greece

A national general strike takes place Wednesday in Greece along with demonstrations in Athens. Media unions went on strike Tuesday.

Greek workers walked out of their jobs Wednesday demanding an end to years of austerity measures, a minimum wage increase, and tax cuts.

Across the country, all forms of public transportation were shut down, including boat ferries, trolleys, trains, and subways as trade union workers and pensioners protest the country's three international bailouts over the past eight years that slashed wages and pensions while increasing taxes.

Communist-affiliated trade union PAME organized a major march in Athens, and Tuesday the country's largest private-sector union, Greek General Confederation of Workers (GSEE) went on strike with the support of media workers.

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A ferry stands idle during a 24-hour general strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece as transportation unions strike against government spending cuts.
A ferry stands idle during a 24-hour general strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece as transportation unions strike against government spending cuts. Photo:Reuters
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras imposed new tax hikes and spending cuts to secure a bailout deal, but workers organized a strike Tuesday and Wednesday to protest the measures.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras imposed new tax hikes and spending cuts to secure a bailout deal, but workers organized a strike Tuesday and Wednesday to protest the measures. Photo:Reuters
On Tuesday the Greek General Confederation of Workers (GSEE), which gathers over 80 trade unions, went on strike demanding that the minimum wage be set to US$853 per month, as it was prior to the bailout.
On Tuesday the Greek General Confederation of Workers (GSEE), which gathers over 80 trade unions, went on strike demanding that the minimum wage be set to US$853 per month, as it was prior to the bailout. Photo:Reuters
Passenger trains weren
Passenger trains weren't running Wednesday as transit unions go on strike against government austerity. On Tuesday the Orthodox Church tentatively agreed to remove some 10,000 priests and auxiliary church staff from the state payroll, Photo:Reuters
Massive protests take place in Athens, Greece for better wages.
Massive protests take place in Athens, Greece for better wages. Photo:Reuters
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, outspoken austerity critic, has been nominated to run for the European Parliament in May 2019. He will run for the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, which he launched in 2016.
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, outspoken austerity critic, has been nominated to run for the European Parliament in May 2019. He will run for the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, which he launched in 2016. Photo:Reuters
Published 28 November 2018
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