Greek PM says it's time to step up reforms

08:11, April 14, 2010      

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With the EU-IMF support mechanism in place, whether Greece will use it or not eventually, the Greek government shall step up reforms without wasting time and energy on speculative games, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said on Tuesday, commenting on the deal reached by the Eurogroup.

"In any case whether we use this mechanism or not, we will evaluate that, it is a safety net for our country that will allow us to do our work with more tranquility. With the existence of this safety net which is at our disposal, we can focus on the promotion of the necessary changes," Papandreou said at a cabinet meeting on the reforms planned for education.

The package of reforms has already caused reactions of labor unions of teachers and professors, who will hold a meeting later on Tuesday evening to decide on mobilizations.

On Tuesday afternoon, the umbrella labor union of civil servants ADEDY called a new 24-hour general strike on April 22, denouncing the economic and social policies of the government and threatening with more protests.

"We continue and culminate our struggle against the inefficient measures. We can overturn the unfair implementation of the measures," ADEDY said in a statement released to the press.

Separate sectors have called strikes and stoppages this week, all protesting the austerity measures and reforms in the taxation and pension system. Lawyers across Greece do not attend courts from Tuesday until Friday, taxi drivers have called a 48-hour strike starting from early Wednesday, while employees in public transportation will hold a 4-hour stoppage on Thursday to discuss their next moves.

Source: Xinhua


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