The heads of bar associations throughout Greece on Monday announced their decision to participate in a nationwide strike declared on October 5 by the civil servants' union ADEDY and the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), the country's largest umbrella trade union organisation.

In an announcement, they said they would strike in protest against the economic measures being taken by the government that affect all Greeks and particularly lawyers through the imposition of a freelance enterprise tax, the solidarity 'contribution' and the property surtax, as well as the attempted liberalisation of their profession, reduction of the tax-free allowance, objective tax criteria and higher VAT.