Greek public workers to strike over bailout deal

Pharmacies to go on 24-hour strike Wednesday to protest austerity measures and reforms mandated by new bailout accord

Greek public workers to strike over bailout deal

World Bulletin / News Desk

Greek civil servants will stage a 24-hour strike on Wednesday in protest against austerity policies included in a new bailout accord intended to address the country's debt crisis.

Eurogroup leaders and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed on a conditional bailout agreement on Monday, after more than 17 hour of negotiations in Brussels.

However, Tsipras faces considerable opposition from within his own ruling coalition and from left-wing ministers.

The Greek Public Sector Union, or ADEDY, called on the country's civil servants to gather at Athens' Syntagma Square, in front of the parliament building, at 7 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) tomorrow.

Tomorrow's strike and protest will coincide with Wednesday's vote where Tsipras will seek to secure the economic and banking reforms imposed by the bailout program through the Greek parliament.

Left-wing ministers have already vowed to lead a 'no' vote against the proposals.

Further protests by various organizations are expected to take place throughout the country during the parliament vote.

Pharmacies in Greece will also hold a 24-hour strike on Wednesday to protest at supermarket sales of non-prescription drugs as mandated by the bailout deal.

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