Angry at cuts, Greek unions renew protests

November 26, 2010 04:43


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ATHENS, Greece — Greek unions renewed anti-government protests Thursday, with work stoppages and street rallies ahead of a Dec. 15 general strike against deepening austerity measures.

Public transport and state-run services were disrupted in Athens, while Greek islands remained without ferry services for a fourth day, as unions expressed anger at expected pay cuts at state-run companies and plans to relax collective bargaining deals in the private sector.

"If things continue this way, only people with high incomes will have access to proper health care and education," said Ilias Vrettakos, deputy leader of Greece's largest union, the GSEE.

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