Aus­ter­ity bill row hits fer­ries

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ferry ser­vices in Greece have been halted for 24 hours as unions stepped up protests against a new aus­ter­ity bill that will limit the right to strike and speed up prop­erty fore­clo­sures.

More than 8,000 pro­test­ers joined a demon­stra­tion in cen­tral Athens as strikes dis­rupted public trans­port in the cap­i­tal.

Po­lice fired tear gas and briefly clashed with pro­test­ers on the steps of par­lia­ment at the end of the rally.

The aus­ter­ity bill, to be voted on late on Mon­day, is con­sid­ered to be po­ten­tially the last ma­jor pack­age of cuts be­fore Greece heads to­ward the end of the bailout pro­gramme in Au­gust.

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