Greek civil servants (ADEDY) have walked off the job at the start of a 48-hour public sector strike, the second in two weeks, to protest job cuts required for the country to continue receiving international rescue loans.
State school, tax office and hospital workers were expected to join the strike which began Tuesday. Ambulances services were to run with a reduced staff. Journalists were to join with a three-hour work stoppage.
Employees at social security funds and municipal and local authority workers, who have also been included in the mobility scheme, also started a two-day walkout on Monday.
The two unions (ADEDY – GSEE) are to hold a joint anti-racism rally at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Syntagma Square to protest the murder of a leftist rapper last week by a supporter of the ultra-right Golden Dawn.
It remained unclear on Monday whether unions would be able to draw strong support for their strikes and protests. The participation rate in strike action by teachers, estimated at 90 percent last week, has fallen to just 20 percent, sources told.
The number of sit-ins at schools is growing as pupils join teachers in protesting the mobility scheme but the movement has not gained serious momentum.