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Public employees protest in Athens

01-13-2012 08:15 BJT

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Health care workers led a protest in Athens as various groups took to the streets over job cuts in the public sector. The protests come ahead of a visit by the so-called troika mission next week.

Troika, comprised of officials from the European Union, International Monetary Fund and The European Central Bank will review Greece progress on fiscal reform.

A man walks outside a shuttered Pharmacy in central Athens, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

Ambulance workers demonstrated outside the Health Ministry, saying they do not have enough workers to properly do their jobs. And public doctors and health care workers also have been on strike for the last three days.

Meanwhile, Greece’s main civil servants’ union demonstrated outside parliament against job cuts. About 10,000 civil servants were laid off through the end of 2011. Greece has committed to shedding 150-thousand public sector workers by 2015 under the EU and IMF bailout plan.

The newly released figures showed the country’s unemployment has surpassed 18 percent.

A protester holds Greek flags during a demonstration against a new property tax which
has been included to the Greece's public power corporation's (PPC) bill to consumers
in Athens December 2, 2011.

Greece's Prime Minister Lucas Papademos (L) escorts Finance
Minister Evangelos Venizelos after a meeting in Athens January
12, 2012.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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