20 Oct 2012

Another general strike in Greece

8:40 am on 20 October 2012

Another general strike was held in Greece on Thursday against the next round of spending cuts, required in return for another bailout instalment.

The 24-hour strike was the 20th national stoppage since the debt crisis erupted two years ago.

Taxi drivers, doctors, teachers and air traffic controllers were among those taking part.

Police in Athens used tear gas to disperse demonstrators throwing petrol bombs.

The BBC reports Greece is due to run out of money next month. Greece is in its fifth consecutive year of recession and more than a quarter of the workforce is unemployed.

Trade union leaders say a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of the people.