Civil servants to join 3-hour walkout from noon

Civil servants protesting an ongoing austerity drive are to hold a three-hour work stoppage from noon on Tuesday and to join protest rallies in Athens and Thessaloniki, due to start at 1 p.m.

Civil servants, who have seen their salaries and pensions slashed over the past year-and-a-half, will be taking part in the action as part of their continued protests against the government?s austerity drive.

The civil servants? union, ADEDY, and the country?s main labor union, known by its acronym GSEE, have staged a series of general strikes over the past few months, demanding that the government revoke cutbacks and structural reforms that have been voted through Parliament, including plans to lay off thousands of public workers.