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GSEE and ADEDI, the two main Greek trade unions, have called for a 24-hour general strike on July 16, the day before parliament is set to vote on legislation relating to the restructuring of the civil service.

Pointing out Greece has pledged to cut 4,000 state jobs and change the status of 12,500 civil servants by the end of the year, Eleftherotypia describes the initiative as “a spring cleaning” of the country’s civil service, its banks, and its hospitals.

The daily notes that after making cuts to the municipal police, the government is now targeting school staff. Education Minister Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos plans to redeploy 55 per cent of vocational school teachers in Greece’s hospitals.