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Greece gets bailout inspection as unions raise rights claim

By on October 21, 2016

Greece's Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras, left, waits for his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on Monday, April 11, 2016. Greek officials and representatives of the country's bailout creditors will have another go at overcoming disagreements on austerity measures, after all-night talks failed to produce a breakthrough. Greece has depended on rescue loans since 2010, and signed a third, 86-billion-euro ($98-billion) bailout deal last summer. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece’s Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras, left, waits for his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS, Greece – Bailout inspectors have returned to Athens for talks on more proposed austerity measures and reforms, while the country’s largest labor union made an international complaint against Greece, describing changes in the job market as a violation of workers’ human rights.

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos started the meetings Friday with representatives from the International Monetary Fund and European Union institutions. Talks are due to include the operation of a powerful new privatization fund and labor reforms that would make it easier to dismiss workers and limit union powers.

Meanwhile, Greece’s largest labor union, the GSEE, says it has launched a case against successive Greek governments with the Council of Europe, a human rights monitor, arguing that austerity measures violated international rights conventions.

 

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