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Athens Braces for Transport Strike as Unions Protest Social Security Reforms

Buses, trolleys, trams and metro transportation will be out of operation in Athens on February 18, as employees will be taking part in the 24-hour strike against the new social security bill expected to be brought before Parliament on...

Greece Tightens Health Care Provisions for Migrants, Asylum Seekers

The Greek government is planning to tighten up procedures for providing free health care and other benefits to thousands of migrants and asylum seekers. According to a circular issued this week to all state agencies by the Labor Ministry, the...

Creditors Leave Athens Without Plan for Settling Tax Debt

The Greek government did not present their plans for settling tax debt in 120 installments during negotiations this week in Athens with their creditors' representatives. The creditors’ representatives will leave Athens with incomplete information for the second post-bailout assessment, which is...

Social Security Debt Grows by 827 Million in Second Quarter

Arrears to social security funds increased by 827,180,068 euros in the second quarter of the year according to a report Friday by the Center for the Collection of Social Security Arrears (KEAO). More specifically, 533.7 million euros of this spike...

Greek Social Security System on the Decline

The drop in the average Greek salary has resulted in the rise of flexible forms of employment, both factors that have crippled the sustainability of the country's security system. Despite the numerous interventions in terms of pensions, social security experts...

Farmers Protest Over Austerities by Blocking Roads, Threaten Closure of Border Crossing

Protests took place on Friday throughout various parts of the national highway in Greece. They were led by farmers who are rallying against the government's latest increase to the tax and social security contribution payments. Road blocks by farmers took...

Farmers Protesting Tax Increase and Cuts to Social Security Close Greek-FYROM Border

The customs office at Evzones, near Greece’s border with FYROM, was blocked by farmers and from the municipality of Peonia on Saturday, who are protesting about the increase in taxation and changes in their social security fees. Speaking to Athens-Macedonian...

Foreign Envoys to Propose More Austerities Claiming Greece Will Have GDP Budget Gap in 2017

Foreign envoys are set to return to Athens to resume talks about Greece's austerity measures on November 14. They will discuss the alleged budget gap that they claim is looming over Athens as well as push for more austerities;...

Katrougalos: We Will Not Accept IMF's Unfavorable Views in Changes to Social and Labor Systems

The IMF is asking for unfavorable changes in the social security system, but we will not accept them, Labor Minister Giorgos Katrougalos said on Monday in statements to ANT1 TV. "The IMF has extreme views, but we do not concede,"...