NEWS

Unions call rally against Tuesday night bill vote

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The country’s two biggest unions, GSEE and ADEDY, have called on workers to rally in central Athens on Tuesday evening as Parliament votes on a set of prior actions demanded by creditors for the release of bailout funds.

The protest is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Klafthmonos Square before heading to Parliament at Syntagma Square. The action is expected to cause the closure of central roads in the downtown area to traffic.

The Communist party-affiliated union PAME also announced a separate rally at Omonia Square.

Lawmakers are set to vote on a new round of prior actions in exchange for a further 1 billion euros in bailout loans, a package that is widely expected to pass as contentious reforms including a pension overhaul and a new tax bill have been put off until January.

The new multi-bill of measures foresees the creation of a new privatization fund, to be jointly supervised by Greek and foreign officials, the partial sell-off of Greece’s power transmission operator ADMIE, regulations allowing the sale of some nonperforming loans held by Greek banks, and a unified wage structure for civil servants.