Greek parliament workers walk out, halt austerity debate

ATHENS Wed Nov 7, 2012 12:41pm EST

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Dozens of workers in Greece's parliament walked off the job on Wednesday, interrupting a heated debate on a package of cost cuts, tax hikes and labor reforms Athens must pass to receive badly needed aid.

The parliamentary workers exited the assembly in protest against salary and benefit cuts included in the 500-odd page draft law under discussion in the chamber.

Parliament TV interrupted its live broadcast and officials said Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was meeting with his finance minister, Yannis Stournaras, to consider their demands.

(Reporting by Michael Winfrey; editing by Dina Kyriakidou)