Strike trouble for Greece ahead of creditor audit
ATHENS (AFP) - Debt-wracked Greece is bracing for a fresh series of strikes this week against a redeployment scheme affecting thousands of civil servants, as its creditors arrive to examine reforms carried out by Athens in exchange for new loans.
Greece has agreed to redeploy 12,500 civil servants by the end of September as part of a general restructuring of its public sector, in return for the next instalment of its EU-IMF rescue loans.
In response, state school teachers will kick off a five-day strike on Monday that could be extended indefinitely, and civil servants have called a separate two-day strike starting on Wednesday, backed by hospital doctors, social security staff, tax collectors and lawyers.
Universities are also opposing the cuts, which will affect administrative employees, claiming that they are already short-staffed.