New strikes in Greece over labor reforms

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 20, 2011 13:16

 
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ATHENS, Greece — Greek doctors and dentists will hold a 24-hour walkout against proposed health sector reforms, as pharmacists, lawyers and state rail workers remain on strike for a second day. The protests are against planned changes by the government that will end decades of strict regulation of certain professions.

Scores of professions, including civil engineers, architects and notaries, will be affected by the draft law which the government says will lower fees and help young professionals. The pharmacists and lawyers are striking for a total of three days.

Meanwhile, some 2,000 people are demonstrating outside the Supreme Court in Athens to back a suit by state contract workers seeking full civil servant status. The hearing started Thursday and a decision is expected in several months.

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