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Mass strike over cuts

ATHENS. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks walked off their jobs at airports, schools, hospitals and even the Acropolis in protest over Prime Minister George Papandreou's ?6.6 billion ($A9.2 billion) austerity plan, challenging a government seeking European bailout funds to stave off default.

ATHENS. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks walked off their jobs at airports, schools, hospitals and even the Acropolis in protest over Prime Minister George Papandreou's ?6.6 billion ($A9.2 billion) austerity plan, challenging a government seeking European bailout funds to stave off default.

The 24-hour strike, the first this year to shut the Athens international airport for a full day, comes after European Union ministers signalled they might renegotiate terms of Greece's latest rescue, causing the biggest drop in the nation's stocks in 17 months.

The protest, by at least 400,000 state workers, is over plans to put 30,000 public workers on reduced pay, raise property taxes and cut pensions and wages.


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