January 12, 2010 / 1:09 PM / 8 years ago

UPDATE 1-Greek civil servants union to strike Feb 10

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ATHENS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The Greek civil servants’ union ADEDY on Tuesday called a one-day strike for Feb. 10 to protest against the government’s austerity measures.

Pressured by its European Union peers and financial markets, Greece’s socialist government is taking measures to cut deficits and shore up public finances. Among them is a freeze on public sector pay for those earning above 2,000 euros a month. “ADEDY decided to strike ... after considering the negative outlook for the public service (as a result of) the continuation of an austere incomes policy and cuts in real pay through the government’s reduction of supplementary allowances,” the union said in a statement.

ADEDY’s private sector sister GSEE labour union, which has also threatened to strike next month, said it had not yet decided on whether to join ADEDY’s labour action.

“Negotiations on pay rises have not started yet and the pension reform is still pending, ” GSEE spokesman Stathis Anestis told Reuters. “We’ll decide in February.” (Reporting by Renee Maltezou and George Georgiopoulos)

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