24-hour general strike under way in Greece
Feb 7, 2012
A 24-hour general strike is under way in Greece against the Cabinet’s austerity policy. Railway and maritime traffic has come to a halt, and public transport disruptions have been reported.
Doctors, teachers and bank employees have also joined the strike that was organized by the largest national unions and timed for the ongoing talks in Athens between the Cabinet and international moneylenders.
The latter demand that Greece drastically reduce the budget deficit in exchange for another loan to the tune of 130 billion euros. Greece will have to default, unless it gets the money before the middle of March. On Monday, Athens agreed to make redundant 15,000 civil servants.