Paramedics strike over Olympic bonus

ATHENS: Greece’s paramedics walked off the job yesterday to demand a bonus for working long hours during the Olympic Games, saying they would continue their strike until the government backs down. 

Paramedics said the government initially promised them the bonus and then changed its mind. 

The government, already faced with rising costs for the Olympics, has scrapped plans to offer a 2,500 euro Olympic bonus to all civil servants for working overtime during the Games. 

Officials have said security forces will receive the bonus, but doctors, sanitation workers and paramedics will receive overtime payments which are much lower. – dpa 

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