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Greek high school teachers to strike over job cuts

Government plans to suspend 25,000 public servants this year and fire 15,000 by the end of 2014; teachers to go on strike starting 16 September

AP , Tuesday 10 Sep 2013
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 Unions representing high school teachers in Greece have voted to hold "long-term" strikes starting 16 September, in protest at public sector staff cuts ordered by the government as part of its bailout agreements.

The leader of the teaching union OLME, Themis Kotsifakis, said Tuesday that union delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of the weekly rolling protests at a union meeting late Monday.

The move represents the first major challenge to the country's conservative-led government over its program to suspend 25,000 public servants this year and fire 15,000 by the end of 2014.

State schools open Thursday but classes start 16 September. 

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