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Papandreou Lawmaker to Vote Against Article in Greek Bill

October 20, 2011

(Updates with explanation of law in third paragraph.)

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Greek ruling party lawmaker Louka Katseli said that she plans to vote against an article in the government’s austerity bill, breaking ranks with Prime Minister George Papandreou’s government.

“I voted in support of the legislation in the in-principle vote” that took place yesterday, Katseli, a former labor minister in Papandreou’s government, said in parliament in Athens today. “I cannot vote for article 37 unless it is changed.”

Article 37, which has drawn particular fire from labor unions as well as members of the ruling Pasok party, suspends the power of unions to impose wages and work rules through collective labor agreements.

Greek lawmakers will vote later today on the second austerity bill in four months as the government seeks to secure continued financing from its European Union partners.

--Editor: Alan Crawford

To contact the reporter on this story: Maria Petrakis in Athens at mpetrakis@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alan Crawford at acrawford6@bloomberg.net


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