Unions gear up for general strike on February 4


The government will face a series of protests over its pension reform proposal in the coming days, culminating in another general strike on February 4 that was agreed Friday by the country’s two main unions, GSEE and ADEDY.

The Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) decided Friday that civil engineers would be on strike throughout the coming week. Farmers are also planning to stage roadside demonstrations over the next days, before a motorized protest in Athens on January 28.

Lawyers, who were on strike this week, will continue their protest until Friday. Employees at Citizen Information Centers (KEP) have decided to walk out on January 20.

Civil servants’ union ADEDY is due to hold a rally at noon on Saturday in Omonia Square, central Athens.

ADEDY representatives met Friday with officials from GSEE and decided to hold the second general strike since SYRIZA was re-elected in September at the beginning of February. In a statement, GSEE labeled the government’s policies “disastrous for the economy and society.”

The government’s proposals aim to avoid immediate cuts to today’s pensions but are currently being assessed by Greece’s lenders.

The coalition hopes that the institutions will accept the proposals and that they can then be submitted to Parliament with the aim of being voted on before the end of February.