Greece workers’ strikes

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To shore up its struggling economy, the Greek government — in exchange for loans from the European Central Bank, the IMF and the European Commission — has committed to reducing the total number of government jobs by 15,000 by the end of 2014. In response, mass strikes by public sector workers occur frequently, and, showing support, private sector unions often join the strikes. The strikes are expected to continue.

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To shore up its struggling economy, the Greek government — in exchange for loans from the European Central Bank, the IMF and the European Commission — has committed to reducing the total number of government jobs by 15,000 by the end of 2014. In response, mass strikes by public sector workers occur frequently, and, showing support, private sector unions often join the strikes. The strikes are expected to continue.