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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-02-06

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

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  • [01] Nationwide general strike on Tuesday

  • [01] Nationwide general strike on Tuesday

    AMNA---A nationwide general strike has been called on Tuesday by the country's two major umbrella federations representing the private and public sector, ADEDY and GSEE respectively, "in the face of the storm of new measures being advanced by the co-governance and the troika".

    The two umbrella federations have also called on all working people to take part in a protest demonstration in Athens' downtown Syntagma Square, while the ADEDY (civil servants' supreme administrative council) executive committee will meet again on Thursday to decide "further escalation of the struggle".

    In a press statement, ADEDY said that the agreement of the leaders of the three political parties backing prime minister Lucas Papademos' interim government "with the co-governance and the troika for the taking of new painful measures, aiming at the reduction of the salary and non-salary cost, the abolition of even the minimum wage in the private sector, the new reduction in auxiliary pensions and the one-off retirement benefit, layoffs of employees in the core and wider public sector, and further reduction in state expenditures that will deprive the public services (chiefly the health and education sectors) of resources intensifies the vicious circle of recession -- which was nurtured the past two years by the consecutive Memorandums -- and is leading the Greek society to desperation".amna

    It said that the Memorandum policy being exercised "is leading with mathematical precision to the ruin of the Greek economy and the destruction of the Greek society, turning working people into pariahs, the unemployed and pensioners into poverty-stricken paupers, and deprives the youth of any hope for a positive prospect. This policy has for some time already exhausted the endurances of the Greek society and must be reversed at all cost".


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