01 April 2011


Greece has had its share of financial woes. Less than a year ago it was close to bankruptcy but was able to make it by with loans from other European countries and the International Monetary Fund. Now, in an effort to cut costs they have hit the nerve of teachers and doctors.
State school teachers and hospital doctors in debt-ridden Greece have walked off the job to protest planned education and health spending cuts.
Doctors in the social security fund system were also on strike for the second day Wednesday, demanding that their fixed-term contracts be made permanent.
Health and education unions are planning demonstrations in central Athens to protest planned school and hospital mergers.
This is not the first time the government cutbacks have caused strikes and protests. Whenever cuts are made that effect peoples livelihoods, there is anticipation that there will be push-backs.

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