Wednesday, May 12, 2010
ATHENS, May 12 (Reuters) – Greek workers on Wednesday called a 24-hour general strike for May 20, the latest in a series of protests against planned pension cuts linked to an international 110-billion-euro ($139.7 billion) bailout for Greece.
Public and private sector unions had initially called a strike for May 19, but decided later on Wednesday to move the walkout a day later, saying they did not want to hinder national university entry tests on the same day.
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Unionists have vowed to stop the pension reform, a key condition in a financial rescue plan for Greece agreed last week with the euro zone and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The country’s socialist government unveiled a draft law on Monday that raises the average retirement age and pares back benefits to plug the pension system’s ballooning deficits.
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