Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Common Dreams
Strikes affect public transportation, other services
Agencies are reporting that thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets and have taken part in strikes in ongoing protests over the country's harsh austerity measures.
Greece has entered its fifth consecutive year of austerity-fuelled recession, with unemployment reaching a record high of 17.7 per cent. (photo: Getty)
The Associated Press reports huge numbers taking part in the protests:
Some 10,000 protesters took part in rallies in central Athens over potential pay cuts in the recession-battered private sector. Anti-austerity strikes in the capital disrupted public transport and other services. Journalist unions also launched a 48-hour strike.
"We demand that austerity policies are abandoned and that the legislation that crushes our labour and insurance rights and turns workers into slaves is abolished," the EKA labour union, which represents workers in Athens, said in a statement.
Al Jazeera reports that the austerity measures have coincided with high unemployment rates:
Greece has entered its fifth consecutive year of austerity-fuelled recession, with unemployment reaching a record high of 17.7 per cent.