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Pensioners Take to Labor Ministry After 50% Pension Slashes

Greek pensioners who have seen their rights diminish since the start of the economic crisis took to the streets against the latest round of pension cuts in Athens. The elderly shouted slogans protesting against slashes to their pensions outside...

Greek Govt Votes in Favor of Tough Pension-Tax Reforms

Greek Parliament debated a set of tough economic pension and tax reforms on Saturday and Sunday. The 300-strong Parliament voted for the bill with 153 in favor, 143 against. Ruling leftist SYRIZA Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pointed to the hard work...

Reactions: Greek MPs Vote on More Austerity Amid Strikes, Sit-Ins and Suspensions

The left-led SYRIZA government is rushing through a new wave of austerity measures ahead of a crunch Eurogroup meeting of eurozone creditors in Brussels on Monday. Thousands of Greek protestors took to the streets ahead of a vote in...

Social Security and Pension Reform Bill Approved in Parliamentary Committees

The government’s social security and pension reform bill was approved in principle in the relevant parliamentary committees on Tuesday with the votes of SYRIZA and ANEL, while all the opposition parties voted against it. Individual provisions were also heavily criticized...

Ships to Remain Docked for Another 48 Hours Due to Seamen's Strike

The Greek Seamen's Federation (PNO) has declared a new 48-hour strike in all ship categories starting from 6 am on Friday until 6 am on Sunday January 31. Ships involved in the transfer of migrants and refugees are not...

New Democracy Leader on Social Security Proposal: Govt Punishing Working People

Greek main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, fresh from his victory in an internal party election for president, sharply criticized the SYRIZA-led government on Friday for crushing self-employed professionals, recently hired people and pensioners with its policies. He made...

Greek PM Tsipras Chairs Meeting on Social Security Reforms

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras chaired a meeting on government work as well as the coordinated actions within the framework of the negotiations for social security reforms. The SYRIZA parliamentary group is scheduled to convene on Monday afternoon, with Labor...

Greek Riot Police Clash with Senior Protesters in Athens

Protests took place in downtown Athens, Greece, on Friday in a response to the government's social security reform plan. Amid the developing tension, riot police clashed with a group of senior protesters who were members of the All Workers Militant Front (PAME) and the Greek Civil Servants Confederation...

Greek Govt Spokeswoman: 'Proposal on Pension Reform is Final'

The Greek government's proposal for reforming the pension system is final, spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said in a radio interview on Thursday. At the same time, she left the possibility open for small changes in the amount of social security contributions paid by self-employed...

Greek Employer Unions Agree to Increased Contributions to Social Security System

Representatives of Greece’s employer unions claimed they are not opposed to a temporary increase in contributions to the country’s social security system, which is set to be reformed. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with the country's four employer unions on Thursday afternoon to discuss...