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Greek civil servants call 2-day strike next month

Friday - 8/30/2013, 3:14pm  ET

Protesters chant slogans during a rally organized by Greece's ADEDY main public sector union, in central Athens, on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally and held a 4-hour work stoppage to protest planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government's harsh austerity drive. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece civil servants' union is intensifying protests against planned mass job cuts and suspensions, and has called a two-day strike for next month.

The ADEDY umbrella group said Friday it would approach other major Greek unions to seek joint participation in the Sept. 18-19 walkout.

ADEDY is angry at the conservative-led government's plans to fire 15,000 public sector workers by the end of 2014, and suspend another 25,000 this year.

The cuts break a major taboo by ending public sector employees' century-old job safety guarantees. They are part of a harsh savings and reform program demanded by international creditors in exchange for vital rescue loans that have kept debt-crippled Greece solvent since 2010.

The austerity has plunged the economy into a crippling recession and sent unemployment to record highs.

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