Greeks walk off the job

Three-hour protest against reforms made in exchange for bailout
||Last Updated: 02/01/2011

(Reuters) - Greek civil servants and private sector employees walked off the job for three hours yesterday in Athens in a week of protests against reforms prescribed by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in exchange for a 110 billion-euro bailout.

The stoppage was seen as a prelude for a 24-hour nationwide strike on December 15, which was expected to ground all flights to and from Greece and shut down schools, shops and public services, bringing the country to a standstill.

Workers at state enterprises and media, transport and bank employees rallied outside parliament around midday, as a bill that caps wages at state-run firms and introduces company-level wage bargaining in the private sector was being debated.