Greek civil servants on 24-hour strike -

Greek civil servants on 24-hour strike

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek civil servants have walked off the job on a 24-hour strike, paralyzing the public sector in a protest against deeper austerity measures as the government struggles to avoid a catastrophic default.
Air traffic controllers joined Wednesday's strike, grounding all flights to and from Greek airports.
State hospitals are operating with emergency staff, while lawyers, school teachers and tax officers also are striking. Public transport workers are holding work stoppages in the morning and evening, and demonstrations are planned later in the day.
Civil servants are protesting plans to suspend about 30,000 staff on partial pay, part of new cutbacks that come on top of salary and pension cuts.
Greece is relying on international bailout loans to prevent default.

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