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Workplace Issues Today: Greek workers protest, some turn violent

In a general strike that has shut down schools, grounded planes and disrupted transportation, interactions between Greek protesters and police grew violent. Protesters threw gas bombs, started fires, with the police responding with tear gas. Police estimated around 15,000 people were taking part in protests in Athens. This is the seventh general strike this year. The Greek parliament approved new labor reforms on Tuesday that will cap salaries and take away collective bargaining rights in the private sector. The Prime Minister said that the reforms would help companies in the tough economic climate. Union leaders have said that the reforms will only lead to poverty and unemployment. The reforms were part of a deal with the European Union and other international lenders as part of a loan.

See “Clashes as Greece gripped by fresh strike,” BBC News Online, Dec 15 2010 (SD)

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