1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Athens

Greek workers protest against mass layoffs on July 11, 2013.

Thousands of Greek protesters have held another demonstration in Athens to protest against mass layoffs of state employees, Press TV reports.

On Thursday, teachers, municipal workers, civil servantsâ„¢ unions, and representatives of arms and defense industries held a demonstration for the third day in a row.

The group marched through the city center chanting anti-government slogans.

The International Monetary Fund, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank, in collaboration with the Greek government, are throwing tens of thousands of workers into the street, said unionist Dimitris Polychroniadis, adding, Å“It is this government that should be overthrown through mass public mobilizations.”

Major unions have announced plans to stage a general strike on July 16 to protest against the draft the government recently submitted to the parliament, detailing the redeployment of civil servants.

One of the proposed measures would place 4,200 workers, including school guards and teachers, on an eight-month suspension with reduced pay starting this month.

The parliament is expected to hold a vote on the draft on July 17.

By the end of this year, 25,000 civil servants must be redeployed and an additional 4,000 fired under terms of the new bailout agreement between the Greek government and the troika of international lenders — the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

The new agreement, which was reached last week, would release 6.8 billion euros ($8.7 billion) in rescue loans.

Athens was granted a 110-billion-euro ($145 billion) bailout by the troika in May 2010.

Another 130-billion-euro ($170 billion) rescue package was approved in February 2012.

The country has been at the epicenter of the eurozone debt crisis, and the harsh austerity measures adopted by the Greek government have put about half a million people out of work.


Republished with permission from: Press TV