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Greek unions stage strike

06-29-2010 20:15 BJT

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Greece's main unions have staged their fifth strike this year over economic austerity measures. This time workers are upset over radical pension reforms recently announced by the government.

Hundreds of tourists were stranded in Greece's main port Tuesday, when workers staged a one-day nationwide strike that will gauge discontent with a radical pension reform.

Forty-eight domestic flights to various Greek islands were cancelled after telecommunications employees at small island airports walked out.

Australian tourist Clayton Lewis said, "It's inconvenient, we knew that we came here, there was a situation economically so it's a bit of a risk to take. It's inconvenient; that's the way it goes, rather not have an inconvenience but it's okay."

Government and public offices, and some schools and banks closed during the walkout of public and private sector unions.

Local transport such as buses, the subway and tram lines staged work stoppages, canceling their morning and afternoon runs.

The protests caused an inconvenience for tourists and commuters.

A tourist said, "This is our eleventh time in Greece, and the very first time ever with any kind of trouble. So this is a seldom thing. I don't think they will do this next year hopefully."

Greece introduced several austerity measures that affect wages and pensions, designed by the EU and the IMF in exchange for a rescue loan.

The strikes are seen as a test of the government's resolve to implement the measures, but so far it has not bowed to union pressure.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CCTV.com

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