Greek public sector workers stage 48-hour strike

Tuesday 24 September 2013 20.42
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Greek teachers announced a series of strikes starting protest against job transfers and lay offs
Greek teachers announced a series of strikes starting protest against job transfers and lay offs
Municipal police took to the streets of Athens to protest over the 'mobility scheme'
Municipal police took to the streets of Athens to protest over the 'mobility scheme'
Police stand by a coffin and funeral notes in front of the Ministry of Administrative Reform in Athens during a mock funeral procession by the municipal police
Police stand by a coffin and funeral notes in front of the Ministry of Administrative Reform in Athens during a mock funeral procession by the municipal police

Greek public sector workers went on strike for the second time in a week.

The 48-hour strike has shut schools and left hospitals with skeleton staff.

Inspectors from the Troika are in Greece to check whether it is meeting its bailout targets.

Workers began the walkout this morning against plans to cut thousands of public sector jobs.

They are also protesting over the killing of an anti-racism rapper by a supporter of the far-right Golden Dawn party.

ADEDY, the public sector umbrella union which organised the walkout, said government efforts to reduce the 600,000-strong civil service at the behest of the EU and IMF bailing out Greece was "the most merciless plan" to eliminate worker rights.

The government has dubbed the plan a "mobility scheme", meaning workers will have to find work in another department within eight months on a reduced salary or be laid off.

The workers say the government is firing them indiscriminately at a time when Greece in enduring its worst peacetime crisis and record unemployment.