Greek labor unions to hold anti-austerity strike on October 18

ATHENS Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:04am EDT

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's main public and private sector labor unions will hold a 24-hour strike on October 18 to protest new austerity measures sought by the near-bankrupt country's international lenders, a union official said on Wednesday.

The GSEE and ADEDY unions decided to strike with the Greek government locked in talks with the European Union and International Monetary Fund on new austerity measures in exchange for the next tranche of a multi-billion-euro bailout.

"We want the government to withdraw these horrible measures, which have brought us such misery," said Ilias Iliopoulos, general secretary of public sector union ADEDY. The October 18 nationwide strike will coincide with a European Union summit.

(Writing by Matt Robinson)

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