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February 20, 2010

Greece: "Cradle of Civilization" and the Coffin Too

Greece --
a country that belongs to its bureaucracy, created by elected governments who now can't face that bureaucracy down. ... Greece is nothing special: a vast, unionized public bureaucracy, which is, under quaint Greek arrangements, paid 14 months a year (12 calendar months plus two of guaranteed annual bonus). The civil servants are going berserk because the Socialist government of George Papandreou is trying to cut them back to 13 months of payment. (And can't afford that.) We have the spectacle of customs officials on strike, and tax collectors threatening to follow; of their trades union umbrella group declaring that the government's austerity measures are "an act of war."

Posted by Vanderleun at February 20, 2010 1:53 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Tax collector strike? I like the concept, but I'm not sure they've thought it through.

Posted by: Brett_McS at February 21, 2010 3:09 AM

+1 on the tax collector strike.

Posted by: monkeyfan at February 23, 2010 7:26 PM

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