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Flights cancelled as Greek civil servants walk off job (Total shutdown)
SIFY ^ | 8/7/2010 | SIFY

Posted on 10/07/2010 12:52:36 PM PDT by mainsail that

Athens, Oct 7 (DPA) Civil servants in Greece embarked on a 24-hour strike Thursday in protest over the government's austerity programme, forcing the closure of public institutions, and the cancellation of dozens of domestic and international flights.

Schools, municipal offices and universities were shut, while hospitals were operating on emergency staffing.

Flights to and from the country were grounded for four hours as of 1200 GMT after air traffic controllers joined the strike. Greek airlines Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines cancelled 40 domestic and international flights. Other airlines were also affected, officials at Athens' International Airport said.

More than 2,000 striking public sector workers marched to parliament in central Athens, a far cry from the tens of thousands who took to the streets in protest earlier this year because of the austerity measures.

'We will continue our fight because we have no other choice - how can someone survive on 600 euros a month,' said Giorgos Karayiannis, 33-year hospital employee.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: debt; greek; spending; strike
"Media reports Wednesday suggested the national budget deficit actually reached 15.1 percent of GDP in 2009."

Default and be done with it now.

1 posted on 10/07/2010 12:52:40 PM PDT by mainsail that
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To: mainsail that

Ran out of OTM??

How much more debt does it take to get out of a debt crisis?


2 posted on 10/07/2010 12:54:25 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: mainsail that

Okay. For a country whose biggest industry is tourism, not manning the airports might pose a problem for the economy. Maybe they should invest in high speed trains? I hear that fixes everything.


3 posted on 10/07/2010 12:56:27 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: mainsail that

The money is gone and there’s nothing they can do about it. Strikes won’t work.

Be glad you are getting 600 euros, looter.


4 posted on 10/07/2010 12:57:08 PM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: mainsail that

>Default and be done with it now.
That is how the game of ‘Fiat’ musical chairs will end.
Flash crash will turn into Femto Crash.


5 posted on 10/07/2010 12:57:33 PM PDT by updatedscreenname
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To: mainsail that

In Greece, SOMEONE is ALWAYS on strike over SOMETHING.

I think it must be in their constitution or something.


6 posted on 10/07/2010 12:58:04 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: mainsail that
I've a buddy that lives in Corfu.........

He's a hunter, and a good guy.

He is so disgusted with the Government there...it's not funny.

7 posted on 10/07/2010 12:59:19 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: mainsail that
'We will continue our fight because we have no other choice - how can someone survive on 600 euros a month,' said Giorgos Karayiannis, 33-year hospital employee.

Greece has a monthly minimum wage, which is 740 euro.

That's about $260 per 35 hour week. In the US it's about $280 for a 39 hour week.

8 posted on 10/07/2010 1:01:52 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: mainsail that

This is one of many reasons why I fear the growth of government unions here in the states. The taxpayers are held hostage to the unions ever growing and irrational demands.

And imagine the chaos if the medical industry is largely unionized SEIU types. It would not be pretty.


9 posted on 10/07/2010 1:04:23 PM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

“Maybe they should invest in high speed trains? I hear that fixes everything.”

They’re one step ahead of you. Ever heard of “Green jobs”? (no, I’m not kidding http://www.ana-mpa.gr/anaweb/user/showplain?maindoc=9172793&maindocimg=8695686&service=6&showLink=true


10 posted on 10/07/2010 1:06:14 PM PDT by mainsail that ('Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes')
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To: mainsail that

I love it when thousands of pi$$ed off people stand up to the few rich and powerful and show them what collective bargaining is really all about. The Eloi can screw with a few Morloc or a hundred but dont upset a few thousand or 10thousands.

Solidarity baby! Stick together and hit those rich narcissitic jerkoffs where it hurts. If I was a non service employee I’d be mad....but I’d admire thier resolve. Heck, I’d help em if I could.


11 posted on 10/07/2010 1:20:23 PM PDT by LifeChoice ('He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.')
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To: LifeChoice

I love it when thousands of pi$$ed off people stand up to the few rich and powerful and show them what collective bargaining is really all about. The Eloi can screw with a few Morloc or a hundred but dont upset a few thousand or 10thousands.

Solidarity baby! Stick together and hit those rich narcissitic jerkoffs where it hurts. If I was a non service employee I’d be mad....but I’d admire thier resolve. Heck, I’d help em if I could.


Idiotic post, if I ever saw one. Greeks don’t pay taxes but want services, generous pensions and about 20% ‘work’ for the government.

The gravy train is out of gravy, but you can help them, send your paycheck to them.


12 posted on 10/07/2010 1:32:55 PM PDT by mainsail that ('Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes')
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To: LifeChoice

You sure you’re on the right forum?


13 posted on 10/07/2010 1:37:51 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Guilty of being White.)
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To: mainsail that

Last I saw, gov’t employment in Greece was way more than 20% of the total work force.


14 posted on 10/07/2010 1:39:48 PM PDT by wrench
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To: LifeChoice
I love it when thousands of pi$$ed off people stand up to the few rich and powerful and show them what collective bargaining is really all about.

This is about the most clueless thing I have read on FR in some time.

Let's translate from DailyKos jargon into American English:

"the few rich and powerful" = everyone who actually pays taxes

"collective bargaining" = using threats of violence to steal what you did not earn

"rich narcissitic jerkoffs" = everyone who actually pays taxes

"resolve" - taking a fully paid day off from work in order to vandalize other people's property.

You need to get a grip.

15 posted on 10/07/2010 1:40:11 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Michael Barnes; LifeChoice

Wait . . . this isn’t the SEIU message board?


16 posted on 10/07/2010 1:41:02 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

Ouch. Pulling my foot out of my mouth.

You guys are right. I don’t really know Greek politics. All I got from the story is that a lot of people are getting the short end of the stick from thier gov’t.
Guess I’m wrong.

Screw em all.


17 posted on 10/07/2010 1:55:20 PM PDT by LifeChoice ('He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.')
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To: mainsail that
I would fire every one of their butts and hire replacements for them at 1/2 the pay and no benefits.
18 posted on 10/07/2010 2:28:56 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: mainsail that

These people need to catch a clue. Germany is begging for an excuse to launch EU2 with a brand new Deutch Mark to anchor it, and countries like Greece would be left to make do on whatever it is that Greece makes....unfortunately for them, the only National product of any value is Ouzo, and the National pastime is drunken fornication.

Nobody is really interested in seeing the ever decrepit Greek ruins that truly symbolize the country’s future like nothing else can, and nobody has been interested in hanging out on those shitty little islands of theirs since Aristotle Onassis’ personal carbon was finally sequestered in 1975.

Screw ‘em. Maybe the Greeks can find a way to convert ancient marble into something edible. Until then, their next best hope is another volcanic eruption on the scale of Santorini to clean the place up so someone can move in and start all over again.


19 posted on 10/07/2010 2:29:36 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: mainsail that

Been watching this with keen interest. What happens when a nation really and truly runs out cash? How bad will it get?


20 posted on 10/07/2010 5:09:48 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Honorable people go back to their villages, spruce grandpa’s house up, with a few $k and try to rebuilt their lives. Scum, with an entitlement syndrome, will burn everything to the ground. Greece has 130%/gdp debt ratio right and aren’t done borrowing for 2-3 more years. add the fact that they have no industry or work ethic and we know the end.


21 posted on 10/07/2010 5:29:02 PM PDT by mainsail that ('Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes')
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To: LifeChoice

IBTZ!


22 posted on 10/07/2010 5:31:46 PM PDT by dforest
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To: LifeChoice

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Union Shill Alert!
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23 posted on 10/07/2010 5:35:36 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

> “How bad will it get?”

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We’ll see in the early spring when it hits here.
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24 posted on 10/07/2010 5:49:08 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw; Willie Green
Okay. For a country whose biggest industry is tourism, not manning the airports might pose a problem for the economy. Maybe they should invest in high speed trains? I hear that fixes everything.

Paging Willie Green. (Not seriously)

25 posted on 10/07/2010 6:42:24 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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