March 5, 2010 / 11:05 AM / 9 years ago

Greek unions call nationwide strike for March 11

ATHENS, March 5 (Reuters) - Greece’s biggest public and private sector unions called workers to walk off the job on March 11, piling further pressure on the government as it struggles to stem a severe debt crisis.

“We are holding a strike on Thursday, March 11,” a spokeswoman for private sector union GSEE said.

Ilias Iliopoulos, secretary general at public sector sister union ADEDY, said public workers would also strike on March 11. ADEDY had originally called a strike for March 16 but decided to bring the date forward.

The two unions together represent about 2.5 million workers, half of Greece’s workforce. (Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Writing by Ingrid Melander)

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