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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-21

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Vote on social security bill
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Vote on social security bill

    Parliament is due to vote on the employment and social solidarity ministry's draft law on reform of the social security sector at noon on Friday, after completing debate on the bill and passing it in a by-Article vote in the first hours of Friday.

    The third and final thematic section of Articles was passed with 151 votes (ruling New Democracy MPs), while the 13 SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left parliamentary alliance) deputies present voted against. Main opposition PASOK, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) MPs had earlier walked out of the debate.

    The parliament plenary will vote on the bill in its total at noon on Friday, following completion of an off-the-agenda debate on youths called at the initiative of the KKE.

    Caption: A man protests against the social security draft law outside the Greek parliament on Thursday 21 March 2008.ANA-MPA/MARGARITA KIAOU

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The by-Article vote on the social security draft law in the midst of labour unions' and opposition reactions, culminating in Wednesday's nationwide labour strike and demonstrations throughout the country, and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis' crucial meeting on Friday in Brussels with her FYROM counterpart Antonio Milososki dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The country free from 'labour-fathers' minorities - At last they're stopping the strikes".

    APOGEVMATINI: "The social security draft law passed and the strikes stop - Despite the opposition's and labour unions' strong reactions".

    AVGHI: "SYRIZA party proposes a referendum on the social security draft law -The opposition agrees".

    AVRIANI: "State-dependent guilds and labour fathers' irregular retreat - They ended the mobilisations after beleaguering the people and causing major damage to the economy".

    CHORA: "Retirement after 37 years of work without age limit (regardless of age) - As of today the social security bill is a law of the State".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "The government disregarded us and passed the social security draft law - The government didn't consider the nationwide reactions, the strikes and the opposition's massive reactions".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Major rally against social security reforms", referring to Wednesday's nationwide labour strike.

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The social security draft law was passed without any leakages (in votes from the ranks of the ruling party MPs)".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Three bombs against social security reforms - Huge demonstration (referring to Wednesday's strike and protest rally)".

    ESTIA: "Major opportunity for overture - (Main opposition) PASOK's moderate voters left uncovered".

    ETHNOS: "Three moves for dismantling the social security reforms - Perpetuating mobilisation in order to overturn the 'carmagnole' draft law".

    KATHIMERINI: "Strikes end -The final vote on the social security bill in parliament on Friday - Workers in Public Power Corporation (PPC) and municipal sanitation workers suspend their mobilisations".

    LOGOS: "The social security draft law stumbles but will proceed - Impressive participation in mobilisations against the social security draft law".

    NIKI: "The battle is over, but not the war - Strikes and major demonstration send a resounding message".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "People's message: The mass class struggle will continue ruthlessly".

    TA NEA: "Major rallies throughout the country a 'referendum' manifesting the people's rage over the social security draft law".

    TO VIMA: "Towards an agreement with FYROM under the name 'New Macedonia' - Foreign Ministers of Greece and FYROM to meet on Friday in Brussels".

    VRADYNI: "Social security: The morning after".


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