Greek workers and pensioners scuffle with police during a march organized by the Communist-affiliated group PAME, to protest proposed changes in the pension plan. Rough Cut - Subtitled
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of Greek pensioners and workers marched in central Athens on Friday protesting against plans to overhaul the pension system as the government sought backing for its proposals at home and in European capitals. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said the ailing pension system is on the verge of collapse, but reforming it will challenge his resolve to implement measures demanded by Greece's international creditors, who must sign off on the plan. "This is not just another bill that hurts social security, this abolishes all social rights. It is a cause for war, every worker must rise up against it, no one can stay at home when they are abolishing social security as a right," said Communist Party member Lila Kafantari. Tensions flared briefly at the demonstration, organised by the Communist-affiliated group PAME, when the angry crowd, worn down by several rounds of wage and pension cuts Greece has imposed over the years in return for rescue funds, broke past a line of police in riot gear and headed towards Tsipras's office. Police responded with tear gas. Greece sent its lenders its pension reform proposal on Monday (January 4), which includes merging all six main pension funds into one and foresees cuts in future main pensions that could reach up to 30 percent. It sets a lower limit at 384 euros per month and sets a ceiling of 2,300 euros on the maximum monthly pension outlay. The average monthly pension currently stands at about 850 euros.