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7 reasons why Greece is going on strike this week

Greek workers will hold a 24-hour strike this week to protest against austerity measures and public sector layoffs demanded by the country’s international lenders, led by the IMF-ECB-EU ‘Troika’.

Greece’s public and private sector unions ADEDY and GSEE will launch a 24-hour general strike on Wednesday, November 6th 2013.

Here’s seven reasons why they will be striking

1. 15,000 civil servants to be sacked over the next two years

2. Labour costs slashed by 30% since 2008

3. Six out of ten under-25s out of work

4. The population is 40% poorer than in 2008

5. 25% increase in homeless since 2009

6. 1 in 3 children living in poverty

7. A 6-year austerity-fuelled recession

“With this strike we want to warn the government and the troika (the three main lenders, the EU, the ECB and the IMF): Greek families cannot take any more austerity. They’ve reached their limits,”

Nikos Kioutsoukis, general secretary of the largest private sector union GSEE

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