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  1. Municipal workers continue strikes and protests throughout Greece

    Municipal workers took strike action and protested throughout Greece Tuesday to protest the latest €13.5 billion ($17 billion) austerity measures being imposed by the three-party coalition government.

    During the day municipal (Poe-Ota) workers struck and occupied many government buildings nationwide. Two-thirds of Greece’s 325 municipalities were closed to the public due to the strikes and protests. In Athens a demonstration was held attended by around 2,000 people.

    On Thursday the protests were still ongoing with local government employees continuing sit-ins at municipal and regional government headquarters. On Friday all municipal offices in the Attica region remained closed.

    A strike by members of the public sector trade union Adedy to oppose the lay-off of workers employed by central and local governments was held Thursday with a rally at the central Klafthmonos square in Athens later in the day. Also protesting were members of the Olme trade union that represents middle and high school teachers.


    Tens of thousands of Spanish health workers protest

    On Monday tens of thousands of health workers protested in Spain against the austerity measures, including budget cuts and privatisations, being imposed by the government of Popular Party prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

    During the day the workers doctors, nurses and hospital staff marched through the capital Madrid. Many were dressed in white and carried placards. They chanted, “Health is a right. We are going to fight”.

    The demonstration follows regular protest by health workers including the occupation of about 20 hospitals in Madrid and surrounding areas. This has been to protest the regional government’s decision to privatise six health units as part of upcoming budget cuts.

    The health cuts will lead to many people going without treatment. These include pensioners, who previously had to pay nothing for medicine but are now expected to pay least 10 percent of the cost.


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