ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece civil servants' union is intensifying protests against planned mass job cuts and suspensions, and has called a two-day strike for next month.
The ADEDY umbrella group said Friday it would approach other major Greek unions to seek joint participation in the Sept. 18-19 walkout.
ADEDY is angry at the conservative-led government's plans to fire 15,000 public sector workers by the end of 2014, and suspend another 25,000 this year.
The cuts break a major taboo by ending public sector employees' century-old job safety guarantees. They are part of a harsh savings and reform program demanded by international creditors in exchange for vital rescue loans that have kept debt-crippled Greece solvent since 2010.
The austerity has plunged the economy into a crippling recession and sent unemployment to record highs.