Greek civil servant suspensions, salary cuts trigger 24-hour strike

  • Article by: DEREK GATOPOULOS , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 19, 2012 - 3:24 PM

ATHENS, Greece - Civil servants in Greece staged a 24-hour strike Wednesday, as thousands gathered to protest new pay cuts as well as suspensions that are expected to lead to layoffs.

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kydotyDec. 19, 1212:54 PM

Same attitude is prevalent here as well: "I want the budget balanced...but not in any way where it affects me."

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markerminnDec. 19, 12 1:20 PM

Interesting that there is only one comment here but scores on the US budget talks and hundreds on CT and the gun control debate. Let's get our heads out of the sand MN and USA. Obama has us headed towards where Greece is now. Wake up and realize that we cannot continue to borrow from China to fund our "entitlement" programs and massive military. Educate yourselves about economics and the world, please.

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dflleftDec. 19, 12 1:33 PM

Greece had a chance some 5 years ago to turn this thing around, but with the Unions in charge and "liberal left theory" not questioned....this is where they wind up. broke and no hope.....sound like California or Illinois?

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callmeronDec. 19, 12 3:53 PM

Greece went bankrupt because of SPENDING, not because of too little taxation. Spain is going bankrupt for the same reason, and Spain has a top individual tax rate of 52%, which is much higher than the United States' top rate of 35%. And the United States is going bankrupt, too, because of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party and the geniuses who wanted four more years of massive budget deficits and record high unemployment.

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rshacklefordDec. 19, 12 5:43 PM

Blaming Obama shows total ignorance of the historical truth. Negatively referring to social welfare programs is tantamount to kicking around those who are much less fortunate. Low capital gains taxes, low income taxes on the rich, not having or wanting to work one single day due to wealth, those are entitlements that are no longer necessary to the success of this nation. Feel free to emigrate at any time.

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roymercerDec. 19, 12 9:45 PM

Cheap Germans - they will work only until age 67 so Greek government employees can retire at 55.

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nkuhlmanDec. 20, 12 3:47 AM

The SPENDING was essential to keep the erstwhile middle class duped and distracted from noticing the one percenters' robbing the country blind. If Greeks were armed like Americans are, we'd be well into a second civil war by now.

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probsolverDec. 20, 12 5:25 AM

To all you "hard workers" out there. This is what happens when you cant control your lust for spending.

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Thumper5316Dec. 20, 12 5:55 AM

rshackleford, you have a warped sense of robbery. It appears that, in your world, that the thief is the good guy.

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mcleanmDec. 20, 12 1:27 PM

This is like the old commercial for motor oil. The mechanic is wiping his hands and says - You can pay me now or you can pay me later. But you will pay. The longer we wait, the more painful it will be...

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