Greek civil service union launches 2-day strike

AP News
Posted: Mar 19, 2014 9:07 AM
Greek civil service union launches 2-day strike

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek civil servants, including hospital and teaching staff, have started a two-day strike against austerity measures imposed under the debt-mired country's international bailout commitments.

Some 3,000 union members held a peaceful demonstration in central Athens Wednesday.

Greece's Adedy umbrella public sector union has accused the conservative-led government of taking too passive a stance in its latest round of negotiations with bailout creditors, which concluded on Monday. Unionists are also angry at cost-saving plans to sack thousands of public sector workers.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says Monday's deal does not require any new austerity policies.

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The country has depended on money from other European countries and the International Monetary Fund since mid-2010. The payment of the rescue loans depends on Athens meeting a range of budget targets and enacting economic reforms.