Greek public sector union calls for strike over labour reforms

Greek public sector union ADEDY called for a strike on July 15 to protest labour reforms.

Greek public sector union calls for strike over labour reforms

 

Greek public sector union ADEDY called on Friday for a strike on July 15 to protest labour reforms, pressing ahead with demonstrations despite lower turnouts at anti-austerity rallies in the past weeks.

Parliament is due to vote next week to align public sector pension rules with the private sector. The government has also cut public sector wages and bonuses as part of a multi-billion euro package of austerity measures.

"ADEDY decided to continue its mobilisation against these anti-popular choices," it said in a statement. It calls public sector workers to walk off the job from 1100 (0800 GMT) to the end of the working day and march to parliament.

Some 12,000 people marched peacefully to parliament on Thursday to protest cuts in pension benefits and increasing the retirement age to 65 for all. But the turnout was down from the 50,000-strong protests in May.

The protesters failed to convince lawmakers, who adopted the drastic pension reform later on Thursday.

Analysts say a mood of resignation after a spate of strikes, fear of violence and some acceptance of belt-tightening has kept people away from protests. But more people may take to the streets after the summer, as recession and tax increases begin to bite.

ADEDY is the public sector's umbrella union and represents over half a million workers.
 

Reuters

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