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Greek unions calls for national strike in protest of proposed pension reforms

Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 18, 2020
Greek public and private sector transport workers from across the country are on a 24 hour strike today to protest the government’s social security and pension reforms.
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The strike will bring critical transport infrastructure in Athens to a standstill.

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A host of unions are expected to participate, including workers for the Athens Metro and ISAP electric train, trolley, and bus services.

Despite the reach of the strike, it is unlikely that it will force the government to change course.

The pension reform is a far cry from the dramatic austerity-style cuts of recent memory.

Furthermore, the shutdown of vital transport infrastructure could turn public opinion against strikers.

The government may, and likely will, portray itself as acting in the national interest against the special interest politics of the unions.