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New wave of strikes in Greece coincides with troika arrival for latest review

The arrival of the troika in Greece for the latest review of the country’s adjustment program is being met a new wave of strikes against the civil service mobility scheme, which is one of the milestones Athens has to reach to qualify for October’s bailout tranche of 1 billion euros.

High school teachers began a new 48-hour strike on Monday after having walked off the job the previous week. Administrative staff at universities, some 1,700 of whom are due to be moved to other positions, also went on strike.

The civil servants’ union, ADEDY, has called for a 48-hour strike on Tuesday and Wednesday. ADEDY said it was in talks with private sector union GSEE about making Tuesday’s protest a general strike.

Regardless of whether GSEE agrees, a protest has been planned for Tuesday. It is due to begin at Klafthmonos Square in central Athens at 10.30 a.m.