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Greek state officials begin nation-wide strike over austerity measures

July 15, 2015, 11:55 UTC+3 ATHENS
Greece's largest public sector trade union has called on people to take to the streets
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ATHENS, July 15. /TASS/. State officials in Greece launched a 24-hour long nation-wide strike on Wednesday amid the upcoming vote in the country’s parliament on the draft law on reforms and austerity package in order to secure the deal with international creditors.

Greece's largest public sector trade union, the Civil Servants' Confederation, known as ADEDY, has called on people to take to the streets.

"We urge a day-long strike during the vote on the anti-popular deal and a rally at 1630GMT on Syntagma Square in Athens," the trade union said in a statement.

Earlier, the protests will be held on Klafthmonos Square in Athens and near ADEDY’s regional offices under the slogans "the struggle until final victory," "no to memorandum [on austerity measures], no to tax robbery, no to privatization."

Greece’s austerity package has been drawn up based on the creditors’ demands after a crucial eurozone summit where an agreement was reached with Athens on reforms in exchange for the third bailout worth up to 90 billion euros ($99 billion).

The vote should be held urgently until Thursday morning to meet the deadline set by the creditors. It is expected that the document will be adopted and backed by the leading opposition movements except for the communists and the far-right Golden Dawn party.

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