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Greek unions call July 16 general strike against job cuts

Greece's main unions on Wednesday said they would hold a general strike on July 16 to oppose a new round of civil service job cuts announced by the government to secure EU-IMF loans. "An emergency meeting of the executive committee has decided to call a 24-hour general strike on July 16" in reaction to a government bill enshrining the layoffs, leading union GSEE said in a statement. jph/gd

Greek unions call July 16 general strike against job cuts

Greece's main unions on Wednesday said they would hold a general strike on July 16 to oppose a new round of civil service job cuts announced by the government to secure EU-IMF loans. "An emergency meeting of the executive committee has decided to call a 24-hour general strike on July 16" in reaction to a government bill enshrining the layoffs, leading union GSEE said in a statement. The conservative-led Greek government on Tuesday submitted to parliament a bill detailing the redeployment of civil servants, which has sparked widespread protests.

Greek labor unions call 24-hour strike on July 16

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek labor unions on Wednesday called a 24-strike on July 16 to protest against planned public sector layoffs demanded by the country's international lenders in exchange for more funds. The country's largest private and public sector unions GSEE and ADEDY, which combined represent about 2.5 million workers, have staged repeated strikes since the debt crisis broke out in late 2009. "The government and the lenders need to finally realize that we are people - we won't become numbers," GSEE said in a statement.

Greek unions call general strike over state TV closure

Greece's main unions on Wednesday called a 24-hour general strike to protest the government's shock closure of state broadcaster ERT. "The ERT lockup amounts to a coup d'etat," leading union GSEE said in a statement as civil servants and sailors pledged to support the strike set for Thursday. Journalists have already been on a rolling 24-hour strike since 0300 GMT on Wednesday against the measure, which will immediately slash nearly 2,700 jobs.

Greek unions call general strike Thursday over state TV closure

Greece's main unions on Wednesday called a 24-hour general strike for Thursday to protest the shock closure of state broadcaster ERT by the government. "The ERT lockup amounts to a coup d'etat," leading union GSEE said in a statement as civil servants and sailors pledged to support the strike. jph-hec/gd

Greek unions call 24-hour strike on June 13 over state TV closure

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek labor unions called a 24-hour strike on June 13 to protest against the sudden closure of state broadcaster ERT, union officials said on Wednesday. "We want to show our solidarity to the state TV workers and protest against these unacceptable public sector reforms that the lenders have demanded," the general secretary of public sector union ADEDY, Ilias Iliopoulos told Reuters. An official from private sector union GSEE, the country's largest, confirmed they would join the strike.

Greece shuts public broadcaster

Greece's government on Tuesday announced the immediate closure of public television and radio broadcaster ERT, in a shock move that affects nearly 2,700 jobs. "ERT is a case of an exceptional lack of transparency and incredible extravagance. This ends now," government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said at a news conference. Shortly after the announcement, thousands rushed to the main ERT headquarters in a northern Athens suburb to show their support.

Greece closes public broadcaster ERT

Greece's government on Tuesday announced the immediate closure of public television and radio broadcaster ERT in a move that reportedly affects about 2,700 jobs. "ERT is a case of an exceptional lack of transparency and incredible extravagance. This ends now," government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said at a press conference. Kedikoglou said the organisation will reopen at a later stage under a new format and considerably fewer employees.

Flights in Greece halted for 4 hours as unions hold work stoppages against government

ATHENS, Greece - Flights in Greece were halted for four hours Thursday as the country's two largest labour unions staged work stoppages to protest austerity measures and a government decision to cancel a teachers' strike. Flights resumed after being grounded between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. (0900-1300 GMT), when air traffic controllers joined the protest called by labour unions GSEE and ADEDY.

Greece in new emergency action against striking teachers

Greece on Monday took emergency action -- the third this year -- to ward off a strike by secondary school teachers timed to coincide with university entry exams. The emergency order to work follows similar steps taken against metro workers in January and seamen in February as the conservative-led coalition government fights to minimise labour unrest. "Strikes during exams are unacceptable. Society deems them repulsive," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on the issue in an address to Greek industrialists.
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