General strike planned for July 16 against public sector layoffs

Greek labor union ADEDY has called a 24-strike on July 16 to protest plans for public sector layoffs demanded by the country’s international lenders in exchange for more funds.

ADEDY, which represents public sector workers, said that it will also hold a work stoppage and a protest rally at noon on Thursday.

The July 16 strike is scheduled to coincide with a parliamentary debate over a multi-bill containing a raft of reforms, including an overhaul of the tax system and a streamlining of the civil service. The bill is scheduled to be voted on on July 19, and must be successful if Athens is to secure the release of the first sub-tranche of a 6.8-billion-euro installment of rescue funding approved by eurozone ministers on Monday.

GSEE, representing the private sector, has also said that it will join the action.

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