Civil Servants’ Union Holds Nationwide Strike In Greece
By Sofy Robertson
ADEDY, the union representing civil servants in Greece, has called a twenty-four hour strike and a protest rally to Parliament.
Greece’s public sector will grind to a halt today as ADEDY demand raises to salaries and pensions that have been slashed since the start of the financial crisis; the abolition of social security reforms introduced by former labour minister Giorgos Katrougalos.
To tackle the crippling financial crisis, successive governments from 2010 imposed huge tax hikes and spending cuts, including cutting pensions and salaries, in return for billions of euros in emergency loans from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.
During this turbulent period, Greece saw its economy shrink by a quarter and unemployment hit nearly 28%.
The union members will gather at Klafthmonos Square before marching on parliament. There will also be parallel marches by other unions with the same demands, meaning that most of downtown Athens will be closed to traffic.
A further rally is planned in Thessaloniki. The strike action will affect the entire public sector, including schools, state services and local authorities.
Since the abolition of social security reforms and the financial crisis, many citizens in Greece have suffered at the hands of austerity. Today, those citizens are making a stand to say enough is enough.