Greece Passes Job Cuts As Thousands Protest

Greece Passes Job Cuts include other tough austerity measures for more than two years already with no impact on Greek economy. Something is s still wrong there but 99% Greek people.

Published on 18 Jul 2013
Greece’s parliament has narrowly approved a new batch of austerity measures that will see thousands of public-sector job cuts.

The country has been kept out of bankruptcy since it started receiving rescue loans in 2010 from the International Monetary Fund and other euro nations.

However, austerity measures demanded in return have caused a dramatic increase in poverty and unemployment.

The new legislation will put 12,500 public-sector staff, mostly teachers and municipal workers, in a programme that subjects them to involuntary transfers and possible dismissals.

It will also pave the way for 15,000 layoffs by the end of next year.

City halls across the country have been closed this week, with uncollected rubbish piling up on the streets, and unions held a general strike on Tuesday against the proposed cuts.I fully understand the hardship the Greek people are going through during the great crisis,” Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said during the debate.

“But I am fully convinced that the path we have chosen is correct.”

Some 3,000 people protested outside Parliament in central Athens ahead of the vote, chanting anti-austerity slogans in a third straight day of protests.

The crucial vote came hours before a visit to Athens by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, planned amid security measures that Greece’s left-wing main opposition party denounced as “fascist and undemocratic”.

The measures include a ban of all demonstrations in the city centre, including the area outside Parliament that has been the focus of past violent protests.

It was the first major test for conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras since a left-wing party abandoned his coalition government last month.

The government claims it has already made progress in stabilising the shattered economy.

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Anger boiling in Athens

Published on 8 Jul 2013
Greek municipal employees and civil servants have launched a nationwide walk-out following government’s decision to axe more jobs. Greece’s international lenders say Athens must slash thousands of state workers by September to receive more money.

The labor and finance ministries are preparing lists of the first 5.000 civil servants to be laid off by the end of July. The lists include 2.500 school guards, 2.000 teachers and 500 ministerial clerks.

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Protest march in Madrid against privatization in public health

Published on 24 Jun 2013
Again and again, people gather to protest against the Madrid regional government’s decision to privatize the management of public hospitals an health centers. People fear profit-orientation will be given priority over treatment quality and patients and hospital staff will be exploited. They believe that the Madrid regional government wants to finance the upper class’s privileges with the money squeezed out from the society. The Madrid region’s top government official for health policy behaves arrogantly.

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Greek public broadcaster ERT to be closed down

The Greek public broadcaster ERT is to close down almost immediately, the government has announced, causing shockwaves across the country.

Three TV channels, several radio stations and the internet service will stop operating from midnight on Tuesday.

The move, which brought immediate protests outside the broadcaster’s headquarters, is the latest austerity measure imposed because of the demands of international lenders.

“With one page of this unconstitutional decree, one act of legislation in one night, they are destroying or trying to destroy the national TV,” said employment lawyer Dimitris Perpataris, among the protesters.

One member of staff added: “They’re laying their hands on ERT – we, the employees are going to smash their hands.”

The government said a new restructured public service would be up and running as soon as possible.

Stunned workers gathered inside the headquarters. It is thought more than 2,500 are to be laid off, and far fewer will be retained by the new service.

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Iceland shows the way: reject austerity

When, in September 2008, the economic and financial crisis hit Iceland – a small island in the Atlantic with 320 000 inhabitants – the impact was disastrous, as in the rest of the continent. Financial speculation bankrupted the top three banks, whose total assets were ten times higher than the country’s GDP.

They refused IMF prescriptions, let banks fail and sentenced those responsible for crisis by Salim Lamrani.

When, in September 2008, the economic and financial crisis hit Iceland – a small island in the Atlantic with 320 000 inhabitants – the impact was disastrous, as in the rest of the continent. Financial speculation bankrupted the top three banks, whose total assets were ten times higher than the country’s GDP. The net loss was 85 billion dollars. The unemployment rate increased nine times between 2008 and 2010, while before the country enjoyed full employment.

Iceland’s debt represented 900% of GDP and the national currency depreciated by 80% against the euro. The country fell into a deep recession, with a decline in GDP of 11% in two years.

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UK Uncut – Starbucks Protest

On 8th December activists from different organisations including Occupy Exeter and Exeter Anti-cuts Alliance came together for UK Uncut’s ‘Refuge from the Cuts’ protest. We raised awareness of the scale of tax avoidance committed by Starbucks and other companies. Instead of collected taxes owed to close the budget deficit, the government is choosing to instead cut funding to public services that affect housing benefit, women’s refuges, homeless shelters and communities and council tax benefit. We stand in solidarity with everyone facing homelessness this Christmas.

These protests been spread around all UK

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