Thousands of Greeks join strike against public sector layoffs


Renee Maltezou
reuters.com
July 16, 2013

Tens of thousands of Greek workers walked off the job on Tuesday and rallied in front of parliament in a noisy protest against government plans to fire public sector employees to satisfy foreign lenders.

The 24-hour general strike against a new scheme to transfer or fire state workers comes a day before parliament votes on a series of reforms that must be passed before the European Union and International Monetary Fund can disburse more financial aid.

Over 30,000 demonstrators – including municipal police and teachers targeted in the layoff scheme – gathered in the central square before parliament beating drums and blowing whistles in one of the biggest anti-austerity protests in Greece this year.

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