Hundreds marched through central Athens on Thursday, as labor unions protested deep austerity cuts meant to haul debt-ridden Greece out of its worst crisis in decades.
The demonstration was organized by umbrella groups representing public and private sector workers, who also organized a three-hour work stoppage in the capital that disrupted public transport and state sector services.
Unions say the measures lay an unfair burden as the country faces recession and rising unemployment. But turnout at Thursday's march was very low compared to spring protests in which tens of thousands took part, and which were often marred by clashes between anarchist protesters and riot police.
Greece only avoided bankruptcy in May after its European partners and the International Monetary Fund approved a total euro110 billion ($150 billion) in rescue loans over the next three years. In return, the Socialist government slashed pensions and salaries, hiked taxes and facilitated private sector firings and wage cuts.
Unions are planning a general nationwide strike on Dec. 15.
On Thursday, Greek islands remained without ferry services for a third day due to a strike by seamen who are pressing for collective wage agreements with shipping companies. The strike ends early Friday.