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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 17-01-20

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Pensioners present fears over further pension cuts in meeting with PM
  • [02] Antetokounmpo's selection to play in NBA All Star Game is a huge honour for Greece, says sports ministry

  • [01] Pensioners present fears over further pension cuts in meeting with PM

    Pensioners are not convinced by the prime minister's assurances that there will be no further cuts to pensions, the head of the Coordinating Committee for Pensioner Associations and IKA Federation Dimos Koubouris said on Friday, after a meeting between pensioner associations and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

    "They are not convinced...since the laws exist, they have been passed and we can see them being implemented on daily basis," Koubouris noted.

    He said the pensioner associations had raised the issues and problems faced by pensioners during the meeting, the measures that had made their lives worse that and had been passed by all governments, including the present one.

    "Our pensions are [reduced to] welfare handouts, healthcare is in an appalling state, our welfare benefits have been abolished and our children face the same fate, since they have been denied collective labour agreements," Koubouris noted.

    He also expressed the pensioners' grave concerns that further cuts to pensions were pending, in spite of the prime minister's assurances, since the laws passed by the government called for more such cuts.

    Koubouris said that a recalculation of pensions and not a "top-up" of pensions was coming, which would involve further cuts to new main pensions, while the surplus would be dubbed a 'personal difference' for older pensioners. This would then open the way for further cuts to older pensioners as well, he added.

    "We are on the ramparts of the struggle and we call on pensioners to participate in this resistance action on an even larger scale and with more militancy. This is the way," he said.

    Finally, Koubouris said the pensioners criticised the government for calling the one-off benefit handed out to pensioners at Christmas a "13th pension". "They gave a benefit. This was given to the pensioners that received it but we did not pay [contributions] our entire life in order to be given benefits. We paid to have rights and pensions. From this point of view, we asked that we receive our Christmas bonuses normally," he said.

    [02] Antetokounmpo's selection to play in NBA All Star Game is a huge honour for Greece, says sports ministry

    The selection of Giannis Antetokounmpo to play in the NBA's All Star Game is a huge reward for the player and his efforts and a huge honour for Greece, the sports ministry said on Friday in a press release.

    The 22-year-old Milwaukee Bucks forward was named a starter for the Eastern Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Feb. 19.

    "It is a great honour for Greek sports and fills the Greek people with joy and pride the selection of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the main team of the NBA All Star Game. Much more so because he not only is the first Greek basketball player to achieves this, but he is also the youngest non-American player in history," it added.


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