Greeks march over reform plans of new government

Source: Reuters- Greek private sector workers walked off the job on Wednesday and marched through the streets of Athens to protest against labor reforms planned by the new conservative government which they say will weaken unions and curb their right to strike.

Ships stayed docked in port, trains went out of service and bank services were disrupted as part of the 24-hour strike, the second such walkout nationwide within a week.

Public sector unions staged a strike against labor reforms last week and stopped work for a few hours on Wednesday.

Thousands of teachers, media and bank employees, port and municipal workers, pensioners and students marched peacefully to parliament around midday.

They chanted “Hands off strikes, hands off unions!” and “They won’t stop unless you stop them!”

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ government plans to change some ground rules on how strikes can be declared, allow some changes to collective wage pacts and set up a registry for unions, which in turn accuse the government of trying to control or weaken them.

Mitsotakis said the unionists who called the strike were removed from reality, and said government proposals were designed to make decision-making on industrial action more inclusive.

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