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Greek unions call strike to protest cuts

ATHENS — Greek unions stepped up their opposition Wednesday to a new round of austerity measures promised to the country’s foreign creditors, calling a 24-hour general strike for Tuesday while local government employees occupied city buildings to protest plans for wage cuts and layoffs.

The country’s two largest unions, which represent about 2.5 million workers, called the fourth general strike of the year to protest a new raft of economic changes, including a contentious streamlining of the country’s civil service. The government submitted the changes to Parliament for debate late Tuesday, and a vote was expected by July 19.

“Let the government and the troika finally understand that we are people and we won’t become numbers,’’ the GSEE private sector union said in a statement, referring to Greece’s three international creditors: the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

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