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Transport strike brings Athens to halt
Pensioners in Athens protest the Greek government
Pensioners in Athens protest the Greek government's austerity measures, December 7, 2010.
Wed Dec 8, 2010 9:21AM
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Public transport has come to a halt in Athens as union workers slap the Greek capital with crippling strikes in protest to the government's austerity measures.
The 24-hour walkout stopped buses, trams and the subway as well as rail services in the Greek capital on Wednesday to become the latest in a series of protests to reform plans in crisis-hit Greece, the Associated Press reported. The socialist government's austerity plans aim to restructure state-run transport companies, promoting calls by Greek unions for a nationwide general strike for December 15. The workers are pressuring the Greek government to ease the austerity measures which will cut their wages and reduce their labor and pension rights. Greece agreed to the plans in return for international bailout loans worth 110 billion euros (USD 147 billion) through 2013. Athens is renegotiating the loan repayment schedule while both the European Union and International Monetary Fund voiced support for an extension. MRS/HRF
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