Greek workers strike in first such action since new gov't

December 1, 2011 11:13

ATHENS - Greek schools closed down, hospitals worked with minimal staff and train and bus service ground to a halt on Thursday as unions held their first major strike since a new national unity government took power last month.

Unions representing over half of Greece's 4 million-strong workforce called the general strike to protest new austerity measures that are expected to heap more misery on Greeks already reeling from waves of salary cuts, layoffs and tax hikes.

Thursday's 24-hour strike - backed by two umbrella private and public sector unions - is the latest in a long line of stoppages this year that have added to the debt-choked country's troubles.

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