About 30 members of Greece's civil servants' union (ADEDY) protesting government plans to abolish the benefits and status of arduous and unhealthy professions on Wednesday stormed the Finance Ministry in Athens demanding that they meet with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos to discuss the issue.
Earlier on Wednesday unionists held a rally outside the State General Accounting Office.
After the claim to negotiating the prevention of pension cuts, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos stated on Wednesday in Parliament that the government will also seek to avert the reduction of the tax-free ceiling from January 2020, in an effort to cancel the entire agreement with its creditors voted by the House just a year ago.
The International Monetary Fund on Thursday issued a flat denial to the government's request to cancel the implementation of the planned pension cut in January 2019, while Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos appeared reserved about Berlin's attitude as he responded to investors' questions in London a day after meeting his German counterpart.
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on Wednesday he hoped "reason will prevail" in talks with Greece's lenders and they will agree that pensions do not need to be cut further in 2019.
"The pension cuts are not a structural measure. It doesn't affect the viability of the pension system," he was quoted as saying in an interview with news website newport.gr.
Greece plans to further loosen capital controls soon and is on track to lift all restrictions imposed three years ago, its finance minister said on Saturday.
"We will have new easing (of capital controls) very soon," Euclid Tsakalotos was quoted as saying in an interview with Naftemporiki newspaper, without specifying when.