UPDATE 1-Greek civil servants to strike end-November

* Public sector union ADEDY plans strike later this month

* Private sector union has called strike for Dec. 15

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ATHENS, Nov 10 (BestGrowthStock) – Greece’s public sector union
plans to strike later this month to protest against austerity
policies and job cuts as the country struggles with its worst
fiscal crisis in decades, a union official said on Wednesday.

“We are planning strike action late in November, but we are
not yet sure whether it will be for 24 hours,” ADEDY union’s
secretary general Ilias Iliopoulos told Reuters.

Greece’s belt-tightening to cut deficits under an EU/IMF
bailout plan, has hurt public sector workers and pensioners who
have been hit with pay cuts. Unemployment has risen to 12
percent and is set to head higher as the economy slumps.

ADEDY urged the government to rule out further lay offs in
the sector.

“We call the government to make its position and its
intentions clear,” the union said in a statement.

Greece’s private and public sector unions represent about
half of the country’s workforce or about 2.5 million workers.

Unions have staged repeated strikes this year but turnout at
rallies started waning after the summer, as the government
pressed ahead with unpopular reforms.

The death of three bank workers during a demonstration in
Athens in May has also dampened enthusiasm for protests.

Last month main private sector union GSEE called a 24-hour
strike against austerity for Dec. 15, to press the government to
protect jobs and give back pension benefits scrapped under the
EU/IMF plan.
(Reporting by Renee Maltezou; Editing by George Georgiopoulos
and Jon Boyle)

UPDATE 1-Greek civil servants to strike end-November