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    Greek airports will be closed to regular non-military air travel on Thursday because of a Federation of Hellenic Civil Aviation Employees' Unions' (OSYPA) decision to join a strike organized by a public sector union, the OSYPA said in a statement.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) — Greek airports will be closed for civil flights on Thursday because of the Federation of Hellenic Civil Aviation Employees' Unions' (OSYPA) decision to join a strike organized by a public sector union, the OSYPA said in a statement.

    On Monday, the Greek Civil Servants' Confederation (ADEDY) published a statement calling for a 24-hour industrial action to be held on April 7 against pension reform and social cuts in the country.

    ​"The OSYPA decided to participate in the 24-hour strike of ADEDY on April 7, 2016 from 00.00 to 23.59," the Federation of Hellenic Civil Aviation Employees' Unions said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

    It was added in the statement that despite the decision to join the strike, the OSYPA would provide necessary assistance for the military, medical, government flights and the flights to be scheduled in case of the unexpected circumstances.

    Athens' main lenders, which are the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and eurozone nations, signed a deal with Greece in the summer of 2015, approving a third bailout package in exchange for highly unpopular austerity reforms such as pension cuts and tax hikes.

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