21 September 2012, 11:40

Greek tax officers go out on strike

Greek tax officers go out on strike

Greek tax officers have closed their offices and joined the ongoing strikes in protest against wage reductions, the forthcoming public sector layoffs, as well as against the unfair taxes and exactions that they feel the government is about to declare.

The Cabinet should decide, in the next few days, on the almost 12 billion euro austerity measures in exchange for another loan of 31 billion euros by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

The forthcoming round of belt-tightening is expected to result in further slashing wages and pensions. Athens Metro workers and tram drivers went on strike yesterday. Also striking are judges, hotel personnel, doctors and chemists. A general 24-hour strike is due in Greece on the 26th of this month. 

Greeks to retire on pension two years later  

The Greek government has agreed with the Troika experts the increase of pension age from 65 to 67 in a move that will enable Greece to save an annual of more than one billion euros.

The coalition cabinet of Antonis Samaras should agree austerity measures to the tune of 12 billion euros for 2013 and 2014. But his New Democracy party efforts to that end are opposed by their parliamentary coalition partners, - the PASOK Socialist party and the moderate Democratic Left party.

Both PASOK and Democratic Left are against major cuts in social spending.

Athens in grip of strikes again

Workers at metro, tram and urban train as well as medics, hotel staff and some university professors in Athens, Greece, have gone on a 24-hour strike over the government’s intention to cut salaries.

More protests are expected on September 26 when the country's leading trade unions and private businessmen launch their strike.

The Greek government is working on a 12-billion-euro austerity program for 2013-2014, which is an indispensable condition for receiving another IMF bailout.

Greek transportation workers to strike

On Thursday workers in the Athens metro, light rail lines and tramlines will hold a 24-hour strike.

Workers are protesting cuts in their salaries.

The unions argue that the amount of money allocated by public transport companies on wages declined by half during the crisis.

The strikers are also unhappy with an expected increase in the cost of public transport and are demanding that the government provide free travel to the unemployed, students and pensioners.

Meanwhile, the Greek Government is preparing more cuts and reductions to the tune of almost 12 billion euros in order to obtain a 31 billion euro tranche of their EU-IMF loans.

On September 26th there will be a 24-hour general strike in Greece.

Greek judges join public-sector protests

Greek judges have joined a strike action by state sector employees who have been protesting against wage cuts.

As judges’ salaries have reduced as much as 38 per cent over the past few weeks, judges’ associations warn that further pay cuts are putting their constitutional position as guarantors of the court system under threat.

While on strike, judges are hearing only cases nearing the statute of limitations.

A 24-hour labor action by transport workers which is due to begin shortly, and a series of warning strikes by state employees, are expected to paralyze Athens in the next few days.

Greece in further belt-tightening

The Greek government has tabled a bill to half the monthly salary of the President to 11.5 thousand euros and reduce his monthly hospitality expenses by one third to 6,240 euros.

The presidential pension is in for similar cuts.

The measures should save the Greek treasury 350 thousand euros each year.

RIA, RBC, EuroNews, TASS

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