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Trash piles grow as Greek garbage workers protest

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 01:28

Refuse collectors in Greece have taken their now 10-day long strike to the rubbish filled streets, marching to Parliament to demand job security. They fear new legislation banning extentions to short-term contracts could leave them out of work. Kate King reports.

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As the rubbish piles up, so too does the pressure on the Greek government. Hundreds of striking garbage collectors and sanitation workers protesting outside parliament on Thursday - demanding job security. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) PROTESTER, CONSTANTINA MALLI, SAYING: "It's all a big political game that is being played on the backs of workers, it's what always happens - but we don't care about any of that, we just want our jobs, the jobs they promised us." Refuse collectors fear job losses from new regulations governing short-term contract workers A court order banning extensions could leave up to 10,000 jobs on the line. Offers by the government to give existing contractors precedence in any contract renewals, failing to end the now 10-day long strike And as tempers flare and temperatures rise - the rubbish is going nowhere, creating concerns of a health risk. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) PROTESTER, MARINA TSOUKALA, SAYING: "They should think about what would happen if it was their husbands and children, would they be saying the same things? We are not fighting for a fancy car or a fancy office, we are fighting for a dustpan and a broom, for a salary to raise our children." Employment is a sensitive issue in Greece, where one in four is out of work as the country wrestles with its seventh year of austerity - a result of debt bailouts. The protesters say if they can't have job security, neither should the Prime Minister.

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Trash piles grow as Greek garbage workers protest

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 01:28