Greek dock workers strike for 2nd day

AP News
Posted: Feb 01, 2013 2:57 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek islands have been left without ferry services for the second day of a dock workers' 48-hour strike, while Athens doctors walked off the job in the latest anti-austerity protests.

Thursday's strikes come a day after hospital doctors and public transport workers in the capital walked off the job for 24 hours. Workers are protesting the latest austerity measures, which unions say will lead to a further 25 percent income cut for many.

Greece has been struggling through a severe financial crisis since late 2009, and is dependent on billions of euros in international rescue loans. In return, the government imposed repeated rounds of spending cuts and tax hikes that have sent unemployment spiraling to above 26 percent and plunged the country into a recession now in its sixth year.