Today, 11 May as senior EU and IMF inspectors arrive in Athens, across the country workers have walked out yet again against austerity measures.
The inspectors will determine whether Greece will get a fifth aid tranche from the €110bn bail-out that saved it from bankruptcy last year and whether Athens should be given improved loan terms or more aid to avoid debt restructuring.
One year into the EU-IMF deal, the Socialist government has slashed salaries and pensions. Wages have fallen on average by 20% is for wages and unemployment is up to a record 15.1%, yet the economy shows no signs of improvement.
The general strike so far has grounded flights and halted shipping. Hospitals will operate with only skeleton staffing, schools are closed and city transport is disrupted. Only emergency flights will be allowed between 0900 and 1300 GMT.
Many shops and most public offices are also closed, and huge demonstrations are expected.
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