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Greek Workers to Protest New Austerity Measures, Call for Strike

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0  Updated at 11:55 pm, October 31st, 2012 By:
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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Greece) — Workers in Greece have called for a strike.  
 
The country’s two main unions, ADEDY and GSEE, covering civil servants and the private sector, respectively, have called for a two-day strike to begin on Nov. 6. The workers called the demonstration, which will take place in central Athens, in objection to new austerity measures worth $17.5 billion. Lawmakers are set to vote on the bill next week.

The decision to strike comes as lawmakers already have approved a bill allowing the privatization of public utilities in a vote that saw dissent from members of the two junior partners in the three-party governing coalition.

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