Civil servants’ union calls walkout for Sept. 18-19

The civil servants’ union, ADEDY, on Friday called a two-day strike for September 18 and 19 to protest the government’s plans for cutbacks and forced transfers in the public sector as part of the country’s commitment to its foreign creditors.

Athens has promised its creditors that it will put 12,500 civil servants in a so-called mobility scheme, where staff are put on a reduced wage ahead of their transfer or dismissal, by the end of next month and another 12,500 by the end of the year.

ADEDY said it would approach other unions to back its action.