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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-28

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Journalists strike over planned pension fund merger

  • [01] Journalists strike over planned pension fund merger

    Journalists in Greece responded with a 24-hour nationwide strike Tuesday to the government's proposal to merge their pension fund with those of medical doctors, engineers and lawyers to form a "scientists' fund" within the framework of its plans to reform the country's ailing social security system. Journalists protested by holding a rally and a march of unprecedented size. Roughly 2,000 journalists and mass media employees took to the streets in Athens in protest over the government's pension fund merger plans. The mobilization was held with the participation of press and electronic media journalists, technical personnel, printers, representatives of the pension funds the government would like to merge into a unified single fund, the country's largest private and public-sector unions, GSEE and ADEDY, and parliamentary deputies. Addressing the strikers in a rally held outside the offices of the Athens Journalists' Union (ESHEA), union president Panos Sobolos reiterated the joint decision adopted by all press sector trade union boards to continue mobilizations to the end. He stressed that the government will not be allowed to proceed with its plans, announcing the start of unprecedented strike action by the mass media sector. Journalists will participate in the nationwide workers' strike scheduled for December 12 and intend to begin a series of 48-hour or open-ended strikes in the near future. The striking journalists held a protest march to the ministry of employment and the parliament building where they delivered petitions with the sector's demands to the minister in charge of media issues, the parliament speaker and the political party leaders. Their demands include the withdrawal of all regulations detrimental to journalists and their work, abolition of all legislation approved in the past decade that targets the institution of social insurance, settlement of all pending contribution payments owed to pension funds, a guarantee of satisfactory benefits that meet the current needs of the insured and the preservation of the autonomy and self-management of social security funds rather than abolishing them through the merger method. Caption: Striking journalists throughout Greece turned out in unprecedented numbers on Tuesday for a rally and march held in Athens to protest against the government's plans to merge their pension fund with other, financially less robust pension funds as part of a social insurance reform scheme. (ANA-MPA/Orestis Panagiotou).
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