Greek unions plan 24-hour strike against austerity

Greece's two major labour unions plan a 24-hour strike on Tuesday against austerity measures and reforms demanded by international lenders in exchange for a new bailout package, union officials said on Sunday.

"We are planning a one-day strike on Tuesday," Ilias Iliopoulos, secretary general of public sector union ADEDY, told Reuters. "Despite our sacrifices and despite admitting that the policy mix is wrong, they still ask for more austerity."

ADEDY and its private sector sister union GSEE represent about about 2 million workers or roughly half the country's workforce. They have staged repeated strikes since the country first resorted to bailouts from foreign lenders in 2010.

A GSEE official said the two unions would on Monday finalize plans to strike.

[Source: Reuters, Athens, 05Feb12]

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