Thursday, July 18, 2013

Greece OKs the Layoff of 25,000 Teachers, Police; Doing So Was Needed to Receive Billions of Euros

A total of 12,500 public sector workers in Greece -- mainly teachers and municipal police -- will enter a mobility pool, in which they are given eight months to find new work or be fired, and another 15,000 face the same fate next year, the World News Views website reports today (July 18, 2013).

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras led his conservative coalition to narrowly pass the unpopular austerity scheme late last night. Parliament voted in favor of the bill, which was a perquisite of the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank, and European Commission to provide Greece with several billion euros in the next aid package.

The decision was reached amid a backdrop of demonstrations, as anti-austerity protesters -- many who will be directly affected by the massive government distribution of pink slips -- called for no more sacrifices before the vote.

With unemployment at over 27 percent, and 60 percent of Greece's young adults out of work, the public does not resonate with the Parliament's decision to cut more jobs.

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