Greek unions to launch anti-Budget strikes
ATHENS (REUTERS) - Greece's largest labour unions will hold 24-hour strikes and walkouts this month after the government unveiled its 2013 draft budget.
"We don't have another option. We can't just sit around doing nothing," said Mr Nikos Kioutsoukis, the general secretary of private sector union GSEE.
Greece will bring forward painful budget cuts to end a decade of primary deficits while grappling with a sixth year of recession, according to a 2013 budget draft aimed at satisfying international lenders.
The tough austerity budget was unveiled after Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras met the so-called "troika" of International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank inspectors, whose approval is vital to unlock the next slice of aid, urgently needed to avoid bankruptcy.