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Greece: Impressive hospital staff protest in Athens | WGN Radio 720

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Athens, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of Greek state hospital workers marched on Thursday as part of a 24-hour strike to protest staff shortages and forced coronavirus vaccination.

Approximately 500 protesters demonstrated in the center of the capital, chanting slogans and raising flags past parliament and towards the Ministry of Health.

Unions representing doctors, nurses and other medical staff are protesting government plans that they say will undermine workers’ rights, but exacerbate staff shortages and lead to long working hours. Healthcare workers also want to be included in the list of occupations that receive additional risk wages for “heavy and unhealthy” jobs.

The union also opposed the suspension of unvaccinated health workers, saying that this would only lead to further staff shortages. In the face of increasing infections and resistance to vaccination by many, the government has introduced a series of incentives and penalties to encourage Greeks to take anti-COVID-19 shots.

Vaccinations are mandatory for health care workers and the elderly working in long-term care facilities, and some refuse to suspend their jobs. Over 60% of Greece’s population of about 11 million are vaccinated against COVID-19.

The union states that while supporting vaccination, individual staff should have the right to choose.

In Greece, coronavirus infections have skyrocketed this summer, with about 3,000 new cases every day. On Wednesday, the country saw 3,279 new cases and 38 new deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to over 704,000 and the total death toll in the country to nearly 15,500, at about 11 million.

Greece: Impressive hospital staff protest in Athens | WGN Radio 720

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