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Greece: Trade Unions Announced 24-Hour General Strike on May 17

The General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) and the civil servants’ union federation ADEDY — between them representing the majority of Greece’s unionized workers — reached a joint decision to hold a 24-hour general strike on May 17.
The decision was made at a meeting held at GSEE’s headquarters, with ADEDY and other social organizations.

The general strike is held in protest against the “unfair and harsh measures” that the government is preparing to vote for and implement. Trade unionists also clarified that if the date for voting in the measures is brought forward, the date of the strike will be rescheduled.

Greek hospital doctors have announced a 48-hour strike on May 17 and 18 in response to the “unpopular measures” included in the recent deal between the government and the country’s international creditors.
In a statement, the Federation of Greek Hospital Doctors (OENGE) said that the country’s “fourth bailout is at the gates” and accused the government of “hammering the people” in order to help big business interests.
Bus routes will also be disrupted due to intermittent work stoppages on May 16, 17 and 18.

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