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Greece expected to call 6th strike for next week

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by Kay Murchie
Greece expected to call 6th strike for next week

Greece’s two main unions have called a fresh general strike for July 8 to protest against tough austerity measures, introduced by the Government to trim the country’s budget deficit.

Should the strike go ahead, it will be the country’s 6th since February.

However, some of the protests have been violent. Last week’s strike saw seven police officers injured. Two banks and three shops had their windows broken and half a dozen people were arrested.

In May, a strike resulted in three deaths in Athens after protesters set fire to a bank.

The protests are in response to the Government cuts, which include reducing wages for state workers, trimming retirement benefits, and raised sales, fuel and alcohol taxes.

Greece is attempting to cut its deficit from 14% of GDP to 3% by 2014.

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