Greece: Public sector strike paralyses Athens

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Striking Greek public-sector workers paralysed transport and left rubbish piling up in Athens and Thessaloniki on October 14, the Morning Star said that day. The strike was the latest salvo against the European Union-International Monetary Fund campaign to make working people pay for the banking crisis.

Rubbish collectors stayed off the job for a 10th consecutive day, the article said. Members of the All Workers Militant Front also blockaded the Acropolis for a second day.

More than 1000 taxi drivers demonstrated in the city centre against plans to open up their profession to cut-throat competition.

The Morning Star said protesters also occupied the printing offices of Greek power utility PPC to try to disrupt a regressive property tax the government intends to collect through electricity bills.

Lawyers also walked off the job until October 19 and customs officers began a 10 day strike.

The article said the wave of strikes was set to intensify over the next week. Seamen were planning to leave ferries tied up at ports for two days from Monday and hospital doctors and teachers were due to walk off the job.

A two-day nationwide general strike was set for October 19-20, which will coincide with a vote in parliament on new budget cuts, including anti-worker changes to the labour code.

The new measures will rob public sector staff of up to half their salaries, cut state pensions to the bone and abolish collective bargaining agreements.

The Civil Servants' Confederation (ADEDY) is coordinating the upcoming general strike with its private sector counterpart, the General Confederation of Greek Workers.