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Greek austerity strike planned

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Athens - Greece's largest public sector union ADEDY said it will stage a 24-hour strike on May 17 against reforms and additional austerity prescribed by the country’s lenders in exchange for bailout loans.

ADEDY said the measures, which Greece plans to legislate in order to conclude a crucial review of its bailout progress, were “unfair and tough”.

An official at private sector union GSEE, Greece’s largest, said it is also gearing for a 24-hour walkout on May 17. Its board would confirm the decision next week, the official said.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech during the "Ancient Civilizations Forum" (ACForum) at Zappeio Conference Hall in Athens, Monday, April 24, 2017. Foreign Ministers and top officials from various countries attended the forum being held in the Greek capital. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

The date of the strike, aimed to coincide with the parliamentary vote on the measures, could change, ADEDY said.

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Athens has agreed to apply more austerity after its bailout ends, its third rescue plan since the debt crisis began in 2010. Participation in strikes and rallies has been low in recent years. 

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