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Elections Threatened by Strike Action

As world markets wait the outcome of the second Greek elections, scheduled to take place on June 17, which could determine Greece’s fate within the euro, strike action has been threatened which could disrupt the process.
POE-OTA union which represents Greek municipal workers, has called for strike action. Themis Balassopoulos, leader of the POE-OTA, said “the union decided Thursday to hold a two-day strike on June 16-17.”
Municipal workers are involved in setting up and cleaning voting centers for elections and other matters which ensure elections are held. The union is striking for higher electoral pay and Balassopoulos said “municipal employees will refuse to do any election-related work until” the strike.
According to AJC Balassopoulos said municipal employees were paid €60 for their work in the May election. He stated the unions’ case, saying “We asked for dignified pay. If the country has no money, it can’t just be for us while Interior Ministry employees get €1,800 – that’s three months’ salary for a municipal garbage collector. It’s a provocation.”
An anonymous government official has stated that all necessary action will be taken to ensure the elections go ahead.
A delay in the elections could have serious implications for Greece’s cash flow problems. As Business-Standard reported Greek coffers are running dry and the caretaker government has warned it “might have to temporarily stop paying for salaries and pensions, along with imports of fuel, food and pharmaceuticals” by July.

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