General strike in Greece after reforms

imgGreece on Tuesday braced for a fourth general strike of the year against fresh austerity measures the government is imposing in order to keep receiving EU-IMF loans.

Unions have called for a one-day national mobilisation against a new bill that implements fresh reforms, including the re-deployment of thousands of civil servants, who have been hit by sweeping pay and pension cuts over the past three years.

The bill is needed in order for Greece to start receiving 6.8 billion euros ($8.9 billion) of fresh aid that eurozone finance ministers agreed to release at a meeting last week.

The strike will shut down public services, slow down hospitals, block the national rail service and disrupt over a dozen domestic flights.

Protests will be held in Athens and Thessaloniki later in the day.

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