Athen’s layoff program protested by Greeks
Greeks protest Athen’s layoff program
Wed, 21 Nov 2012 01:01:15 GMT
Greek civil servants have taken to the streets to protest against Greece’s newly proposed austerity measures to lay off workers.
On Tuesday, thousands of Greeks joined the protesters, who walked off their jobs amid the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) call on Athens to slash 22,000 more jobs in order to get a bailout loan.
“”I am on the list. After 15 years, my whole life will be turned upside down. Without a job, without the prospect out there of finding something else. A mother of three children. What else can I say? I think that says enough,” one of the protesters said.”
On Saturday, thousands of students staged an anti-austerity demonstration in Greece, which also commemorated the anniversary of the violent suppression of a 1973 student uprising against a US-backed junta.
Greece has been in a recession for the past five years. The country has been cutting down its spending over the past four years, which has resulted in many Greeks losing their jobs.
One in every four Greek workers is currently unemployed, banks are in a shaky position, and pensions and salaries have been slashed by up to 40 percent.
The country has been surviving on bailout loans from its international creditors since May 2010