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General strike shuts down services across Greece

AP , Thursday 27 Nov 2014
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Greek farmers shout slogans during a protest in central Athens, on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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A nationwide general strike to protest continued austerity measures has shut down services across Greece, grounding flights, leaving ferries tied up in ports, shutting down schools and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff.

Thursday's 24-hour general strike was also disrupting public transport in the country's capital, Athens, snarling traffic. Two protest marches were planned in the center of the city later in the morning.

Greece has been dependent on billions of euros from international bailouts from the eurozone and International Monetary Fund since 2010. In return, it has had to cut spending and raise taxes to reform the economy

Labor unions called the strike ahead of a parliamentary debate next month on the country's 2015 budget, which includes the continuation of the austerity measures.

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Nerida de Jong
27-11-2014 10:17am
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Greece economy / austerity measures
It appears that the austerity measures are working so why not continue and get the country back on its feet again. Why strike and go against what has to be done. What do they hope to achieve. The EU has decided to bail out the country. It is up to the people to get behind whatever measures it takes to make it work. The Greeks are wonderful people. Very generous and welcoming but they have a wonderful fault. They don't like talking about money. They don't like taking your money for services rendered. All this is admirable but right now the country should not be brought to its knees by a strike. Everybody needs to get behind the government not fight it.
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