Greek private sector workers walked off the job on Wednesday in a 24-hour strike, the second such walkout nationwide within a week, to protest against labor reforms planned by the conservative government. Ships stayed docked in port, trains pulled out of service and bank services were disrupted. Protesting workers, pensioners and the unemployed are expected to march through the streets of Athens around midday. Public sector unions, which staged a strike against labor reforms last week, plan work stoppages. Journalists also joined the walkout. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ government plans to change some rules on the calling of strikes, allow some changes to collective wage pacts and set up a registry for unions, which accuse the government of trying to control or weaken them. Unionists also believe the reforms will not help reduce unemployment, at about 17% the highest in the euro zone, or bring the amount of economic growth the government has promised. The bill is expected to be voted on this month. “Those provisions must be withdrawn now,” said GSEE, the country’s largest labor union, which represents about 2.5 million workers. In recent years turnout in rallies has been low, mainly due to fatigue after years of crisis… Read full this story
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