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Civil servants protest against job cuts planned by Greece government


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Civil servants protest against job cuts planned by Greece government

Demanding not a single person lose their job, Greek civil servants are protesting against government plans for redundancies.

Wage reductions and cutting the number of public sectors workers are part of new austerity measures approved by parliament last week.

“We continue our battle to demand from the government that there isn’t a single layoff in the public sector. On the contrary, it should demand from the troika that the public sector be reinforced,” said Kostas Tsikrikas of civil servants’ trade union ADEDY.

Civil service employees have seen their salaries cut by 40 percent since 2010 and the scrapping of holiday bonuses.

Unemployed civil servant Evangelia Katsaropoulou was at the demonstration and explained why taking part is important to her.

“I have two children, they’re twins, and the situation is tragic. What I want to say to everyone, to all civil servants, is that they have to come onto the streets and shout so that these measures do not take place,” she said.

Two of Greece’s main unions, ADEDY and GSEE, say they will take part in Wednesday’s general strike, joining th38 other organisations across 23 European countries.

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