Widespread strike action will grip the country next week as Greece’s largest union group, GSEE, said yesterday that it will step up protests against the proposed changes to state-controlled enterprises (DEKO). GSEE yesterday called for a 24-hour strike on Thursday in addition to the general strike action planned for Wednesday with ADEDY, the public sector workers union. Additionally, a work stoppage has been called for Monday between 11 a. m. and 4 p. m. for all public transport. The unions appear to be facing an uphill battle in their bid to stop the reforms, since polls indicate that the public supports the government’s reform efforts. The proposals include dropping permanent job status for new DEKO employees.