Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Greek public sector staff strike

Teachers hold placards and chant slogans during a protest against job cuts in Greece (AP)

Greek civil servants have walked out at the start of a 48-hour public sector strike, the second in two weeks, to protest at job cuts required for the country to continue receiving international rescue loans.

State school, tax office and hospital workers were expected to join the strike. Ambulance services were to run with a reduced staff. Journalists were to join with a three-hour work stoppage.

Despite the strike, many services remained open, including post offices and some schools and tax offices.

Under the conditions of its international bailout, Greece's government must suspend 12,500 workers on reduced pay by the end of the month. Those who cannot be absorbed into other public sector positions will lose their jobs.

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