Agence France-PresseJuly 17, 2013 12:06
Greek lawmakers prepared to vote late Wednesday on a controversial new austerity package involving a huge shake-up of the civil service with thousands of jobs on the line.
The vote, to be held around midnight, is going ahead despite mass protests against the reforms imposed in return for fresh bailout funds.
Under the proposed reforms, thousands of civil servants including teachers and municipal police will have eight months to find new posts elsewhere or accept those offered to them. Otherwise, they would lose their jobs.