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    Riot police stand between anti-austerity and pro-EU protesters in front of the parliament building during a rally calling on the government to clinch a deal with its international creditors and secure Greece's future in the eurozone in Athens, Greece, in this June 22, 2015 file photo

    Greek Civil Servants Strike Grounds Int'l, Domestic Flights

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    Greek airports are closed to international and domestic civil flights on Thursday, due to a nationwide strike against pension cuts organized by public sector unions, local media reported.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) — 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 the social cuts in the country. The Federation of Hellenic Civil Aviation Employees' Unions joined the strike.

    According to the Greek Voria news website, all flights to and from the Greek airports have been canceled, except of the emergency, government or the military ones.

    The website added that a number of public sector employees, including teachers, doctors, engineers and lawyers take part in the strike.

    Greece's international creditors signed an agreement with Athens in mid-2015, approving a third bailout package for Athens worth about $98 billion in exchange for austerity reforms such as pension cuts and tax hikes.

    Greek citizens have been responding to the unpopular austerity measures with a series of strikes affecting various sectors of country's economy from agriculture to mass media.

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    public sector, pension cuts, strikes, creditors, riot, air strikes, Civil Servants’ Confederation (ADEDY), Athens, Greece
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