General strike announced for next week

Greek unions on Thursday called a two-day general strike next week to coincide with debate in Parliament on a fresh package of belt-tightening measures.

?In view of the vote on the midterm budget plan… agreed between the government and its greedy creditors, we have decided to call a 48-hour general strike on June 28-29,? GSEE, Greece?s largest umbrella union group, said in a statement.

ADEDY, which represents workers in the state sector, has said it will join the protest.

Demonstrators in Syntagma Square, who have occupied the space in front of the Greek Parliament building for about a month, are also planning a strong showing.

Approval of the new austerity measures, which have met with scathing criticism from most opposition lawmakers, is seen as crucial to staving off a Greek default.

Greece?s international creditors have said that deputies must back more budget cuts and tax hikes so that the debt-laden country can get the next tranche of loans, worth 12 billion euros, from its 110-billion-euro bailout loans.

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