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Rallies on Social Security System 




September 29, 2008 




A series of rallies were decided at a meeting Monday morning by trade unionists in reaction to the merger of Social Security Funds as of 1st October.

GSEE (General Confederation of Greek Workers) President Giannis Panagopoulos stated "we will not stop fighting for the Social Security System", while the Athens Bar Association President D. Paxinos stated "we request a transitional period". In parallel, TEE President Giannis Alavanos reported "we are opposed to a situation that reminds us of chaos."

Participating in the meeting were scientists, and Trade Unions such as GSEE, ADEDY (Supreme Administration of Greek Civil Servants Trade Unions), GSEVEE (General Confederation of Small and Medium Sized Business), TEE (Technical Chamber of Greece), ESIEA (Journalists' Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers), POESI (Panhellenic Federation of Journalists' Union), doctors, lawyers, pharmacists and other bodies. After the end of the meeting representatives of the attendees visited the Employment minister to present him with their objections in view of the merger of Social Security Funds.

Ms Petralia stressed after the meeting that money would be saved as the 133 Social Security Funds will merge to 13 and the policy holders will be better served. It should be noted that the merger of 81 Funds and social security branches to five and by appointing new managers, the third phase of merger of Social Security Funds will end on 1st October. Finally, the Media will stage a 24-hour strike on Wednesday. 

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