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article imageGreece to shut down Wednesday with general strike

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By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 25, 2012 in World
Greece will be shut down on Wednesday as private sector workers will join public sector workers in a 24-hour general strike in protest against the latest round of Troika imposed austerity measures.
Wednesday's 24-hour general strike will bring much of Greece to a standstill as private sector workers join in with action organized by the biggest unions. The two largest unions GSEE and ADEDY will bring public servants out on strike, including doctors, university professors, teachers, hospital staff, ambulance workers, lawyers and civil servants.
Banks will be closed as bank employees join the strike, as will petrol stations which will close until 3 p.m. according to Ekathimerini. Transport will be affected as airlines, ferries and some metro lines will undergo a work stoppage.
Athens News reported a joint statement issued by ADEDY and GSEE reads: “During the past 2.5 years wages, pensions and benefits have been slashed repeatedly, yet the ‘monstrous debt’ remains intact and continually calls for new sacrifices and austerity measures.”
Protests will be held in central Athens on Wednesday.
Greek media staged a strike on September 24, resulting in no newspapers on Tuesday.
Digital Journal reported that in early September strikes were staged by police, fire-fighters, coast guard officers and municipal garbage collectors.
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