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Greek unions launch fall protests against job cuts

ATHENS — Unions representing government workers are staging work stoppages across Greece, launching a fall protest campaign against plans to ax thousands of jobs to meet the government’s commitments to lenders.

Thursday’s protest by the civil servants union, ADEDY, caused most public services to close early but saw no major disruptions. Several hundred protesters marched peacefully to Parliament.

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Unions are threatening to organize major protests in September against the government, which plans to suspend up to 50,000 public servants this year and fire 15,000 by the end of 2014. Teachers unions were meeting to plan strikes expected to disrupt the start of the school year.

Recession-hit Greece has struggled through years of harsh austerity measures demanded by bailout lenders.

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