Greek Unions Call General Strike for Sept. 26

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's largest labor unions have called a general strike for Sept. 26 in response to a major new government austerity package that is expected to worsen hardship in the recession-hit country.

A spokeswoman for the General Confederation of Greek Labor told The Associated Press that the date of the 24-hour strike was decided Thursday.

Rescue creditors are demanding that Greece's government slashes a further €11.5 billion ($14.8 billion) in budget costs over the next two years - resulting in a new round of wage and pension cuts that the country's three-month-old coalition government had promised to avoid.

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