Police, firefighters and coast guard go on strike

Police, firefighters and coast guard officers said they will be taking industrial action starting with a protest rally in central Athens at 11.30 a.m. on Friday, following the government’s announcement of more cutbacks in the public sector.

So-called «uniformed workers» are protesting plans to further cut their salaries, bonuses and benefits as part of a series of severe measures to reduce state spending.

Representatives of the unions representing the three sectors will also attempt an unscheduled meeting with Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, while they also expressed the desire to meet with inspectors from the country’s creditors — the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, known as the troika.

They said that they will continue to strike and stage marches until their demand for a freeze on cutbacks to their salaries are met.

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