Greek Journalists Will Strike Again Over Austerity Measures

The National Herald Archive

ATHENS - The Greek journalists’ union (ESHEA) said it will hold a 24-hour strike starting at 6 a.m. May 15 until the same time on May 16 to protest against more coming austerity measures to which the Radical Left SYRIZA-led coalition agreed after swearing it wouldn’t.

“We are reacting against the new bailout commitments which are hitting the Greek people, and especially people working in the media,” the union said in a statement.

The measures have also prompted Greece’s two largest public and private unions, GSEE and ADEDY, to call a nationwide 24-hour-strike for May 16, another in scores of thousands of protests, strikes and demonstrations since 2010 that have all failed to make a succession of governments do anything but concede to more brutal measures in return for three bailouts of 326 billion euros ($356.43 billion) to prevent the economy from collapsing under the weight of years of wild overspending and runaway patronage to secure votes.

Journalists have repeatedly gone on strike but none of them have worked.