Greek health workers protest against ‘destruction’

Greek health workers have protesting in front of the parliament building in Athens over cutbacks in spending, saying the cuts have caused the collapse of the Greek health system

They were joined by health sector workers from France, Belgium and Portugal, who were in Athens for a summit.

A French protester said that Greece was a test for “the destruction” of the health system for all of Europe.

Protesters complained that wage and staff cuts have increased their work load and made their job impossible.

This comes after the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and European Commission clashed on their handling of the initial Greek bail out.

The IMF said that the debt should have been restructured in 2010, and instead pushed an extra burden onto euro zone taxpayers.

At the protest, Greek trade unionist Kostas Tsikrikas said he feels recognising the mistakes has come too late. He said: “The cuts were both unjust for workers but also represent a street to nowhere.”

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The new UK’s bedroom tax

The bedroom tax is being introduced this April. It will affect people living in council houses or housing association homes with spare bedrooms, as they will have their housing benefits cut.

This means that people will face losing between £10-£20 a week of their welfare money, which will mean that those already struggling are just going to be plunged further into debt and poverty.

Britain has been in a recession. People have been made unemployed. Depression and stress related illnesses are on the increase. These people need homes and should be cared for. They didn’t cause this mess and they sure as hell shouldn’t have to pay for it. Will this money that the bedroom tax creates be used to provide for the homeless, the single parents, the unemployed, the sick? Will it be used to improve housing and build new homes and community spaces? Of course it won’t.

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Athens still in fire

Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on Thursday (Oct 18) on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill.

It was the second time in three weeks that Greek workers had walked off the job, with Thursday’s strike aimed at showing EU leaders meeting in Brussels that new wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession.

More than 30,000 protesters gathered in central Athens as most business and public sector activity ground to a halt at the start of the 24-hour strike called by the country’s two biggest labour unions, ADEDY and GSEE.

Tensions mounted when protesters began throwing pieces of marble, bottles and petrol bombs at police guarding parliament, prompting riot police to fire several rounds of teargas to disperse them. Police said 52 people were detained. A 65-year old protester died of a heart attack, hospital sources told Reuters. Another three people were injured.

Greece is stuck in its worst downturn since World War Two and must make at least 11.5 billion euros of cuts to satisfy the “troika” of the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF, and secure the next tranche of a 130-billion-euro bailout.

European Union leaders will try to bridge their differences over plans for a banking union at a two-day summit which starts on Thursday. No substantial decisions are expected, reviving concerns about complacency in tackling the debt crisis which exploded three years ago in Greece.

The strike emptied streets and offices in Athens. Ships stayed in port, Athens public transport was disrupted and hospitals were working with emergency staff, while public offices, ministries, bakeries and other shops were shut. Newspaper kiosk owners, lawyers, taxi drivers and air traffic controllers were among those protesting over the cuts, which include further drastic reductions in welfare and health spending.

Opinion polls show rising anger with the terms of the bailout keeping the economy afloat, and Greeks becoming increasingly pessimistic about their country’s future. But with Greece due to run out of money next month, Athens has little choice but to push through the austerity package being discussed with lenders.

Greece and inspectors from the troika say they have agreed on most issues. Athens is expected to secure aid needed to avoid bankruptcy given EU determination to avoid fresh market turmoil threatening bigger economies such as Spain and Italy.

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20th October – Thousands Take Part in Anti-Austerity Protest

Nurses, cleaners and ambulance drivers have joined thousands of other demonstrators in London, to vent their anger over public spending cuts and tax hikes.

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Tens of thousands of people joined the call of Trade Union Congress (TUC) to march against government’s austerity measures. P.I.I.G.S. in London was one of the leagues and marched with a dual banner which read – ‘We Are All In This Together’, and ‘Austerity Not Here, Not Anywhere’, with which they expressed precisely their point of view on the social-economic situation people are facing in common in many European countries, including UK to certain extent.

P.I.I.G.S. is the abbreviation of the five countries – Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain, which have been imposed a name of pig by the global financial sector since the crisis happened in 2008.

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Kuwait Protests Police Battle Opposition Electoral conflict

22nd October – About 100 protesters and 11 police officers have been injured as Kuwaiti police used tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with demonstrators.

Tens of thousands of people had gathered across the capital, Kuwait City, to march on the Seif Palace, which houses offices for the emir, crown prince and prime minister, as part of a protest against changes to the electoral law, which the opposition described as a “coup against the constitution”.

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Santiago de Compostela demo

8-09-2012

The demonstration in Santiago de Compostela Galicia Spain, for the umpteenth time we Galician citizens speak out against the policy of the PP government cuts, with the excuse that the crisis is destroying quality public services. Such services have taken years of struggle to get them, now that aims to privatize govern us to benefit their business friends. Defend what is all defend it public.

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