|Greece doctors join striking masses
Greek doctors joined thousands of public sector workers protesting at government plans for lay-offs and redeployments.
Teachers from schools and universities, civil servants and lawyers are also on strike, protesting against reforms the government of conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is undertaking in return for international bailout funds.
Doctors in public hospitals reject plans to merge various hospitals to cut down on public spending, while lawyers oppose changes in their sector that will result in pay reductions for salaried attorneys.
Many secondary schools remained shut around the country, with the main OLME teachers union opposing a reduction of teaching staff and the abolition of so-called secondary subjects that include foreign languages, art and music.
Universities remained shut as well, refusing to provide the government with a list of names of staff that could be placed on a redeployment scheme.
The lawyers are expected to be on strike for two days, the doctors for three, while the teachers are due to continue their action for the rest of the week.
The latest wave of public sector strikes began on Monday and come ahead of Samaras travelling to Brussels for talks with EU officials and the start of a new audit in Athens by European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund creditors.
All of Greece's other public sector unions will embark on a two-day strike Wednesday and Thursday, called by main union Adedy.—AFP