Civil service union calls walkout at noon Wednesday

The union representing Greece's civil servants, ADEDY, has announced a nationwide walkout starting at noon on Wednesday and has called on public sector workers to gather outside the Health Ministry in central Athens before marching to the Ministry of Administrative Reform.

The march is expected to disrupt traffic in downtown Athens.

The strike and rally are organized in protest at the government's plans to lay off some 6,500 civil servants by the end of the year, in line with demands by the country's creditors.