ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek civil servants have walked off the job at the start of a two-day nationwide strike protesting planned job cuts required as part of the country's international bailout.
The strike which began Wednesday is shutting down all public services across Greece. Schools and courts will be closed, while hospitals will be functioning with reduced staff. Trains will stop running for four hours, and journalists will join in with a three-hour work stoppage, pulling news broadcasts off the air.
Government plans call for the suspension of 25,000 civil servants this year as part of efforts to reduce the size of the public sector and meet conditions to continue receiving rescue loans.
The country has been depending on bailouts from the International Monetary Fund and other European countries since May 2010.
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