Greek journalists stage walkout
February 03 2016 11:41 PM
KRISHNAN
A protesting journalist holds placards during a demonstration against planned pension reforms in front of the parliament building in Athens. The placards read ‘Hands off the pension funds’ and ‘No pension and wage cuts’.

Greece was hit with a news blackout yesterday as the country’s journalists walked off the job over a controversial pension reform, a day before a general strike on the same issue.
The 24-hour labour action is directed against government plans to lower the maximum pension to €2,300 ($2,500) a month from €2,700 currently and introduce a new minimum guaranteed basic pension of €384.
The leftist administration of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also wants to merge pension funds and increase social security contributions by both employers and staff.
The plan has been criticised by a wide array of professional classes, from lawyers and engineers to sailors and farmers, and Greek unions have called a general strike – the third in as many months – for today.



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