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Public sector workers in Greece strike against planned job cuts

Greek public sector workers launched their first nationwide walkout after the summer lull on Tuesday to protest against planned job cuts prescribed by the country’s European Union and IMF lenders.

Teachers, doctors and municipal workers joined the 24-hour strike by the country’s biggest public sector union ADEDY, which shut state schools, left hospitals operating on emergency staff and briefly disrupted trolley bus services.

Holding banners that read “No to firings!” and “EU, IMF out!” dozens of protesters gathered outside a court that was due to deliver its verdict on whether hundreds of laid-off public sector cleaning ladies should be rehired. The decision on the workers, who have been protesting outside the Finance Ministry for months, was postponed to February next year.

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