June 6, 1953

PAPAGOS WONDERS: Paris, 4 (From our correspondent Spyros Theodorou) – According to reports from Cannes, the prime minister, Mr Alexandros Papagos, has expressed his surprise at the unexpected reaction on the part of the working classes to the government’s social and economic policy which has not yet produced the hoped-for positive effects in raising the living standards of the people by improving the Greek economy, increasing production and systematically dealing with the serious problem of unemployment. Sources close to the prime minister have expressed their sadness and concern at reports from Athens that protesters are holding violent demon1strations. BANK STRIKE: Bank employees are holding a 24-hour strike today called by the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), which could extend to other sectors if a bill on bank staff is not withdrawn. FALSE REPORT: It has been announced that according to reliable reports, the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) has denounced the strike action. The General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) has announced that this report is false and that it was deliberately spread by order of the government in order to deceive the public. The GSEE has said it wold sue those in charge at the Greek State Radio «for broadcasting false reports.»

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