Unions opposing austerity measures in Greece are staging their fourth general strike this year as the government prepares to start axing public sector jobs.

The walkout is disrupting flights, public transport, state hospitals and other services, while demonstrations are planned throughout the day.

The public sector has so far been spared from the job cuts that have hit the rest of the Greek economy since the country got its first international bailout in 2010.

However, the government has been forced to launch the cuts so it can continue receiving rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund and the other countries using the euro.

Parliament is set to vote on the new measures on Wednesday.

More on this topic

Three held in Greece after ancient shipwrecks were plunderedThree held in Greece after ancient shipwrecks were plundered

Strike in Greece hits island ferries and Athens transport networkStrike in Greece hits island ferries and Athens transport network

Greece says ‘damp’ in British Museum is insult to Parthenon SculpturesGreece says ‘damp’ in British Museum is insult to Parthenon Sculptures

Greece to lift remaining restrictions on bank depositorsGreece to lift remaining restrictions on bank depositors


More in this Section

Estate agents respond better to buyers with certain accents, research suggestsEstate agents respond better to buyers with certain accents, research suggests

Woman charged after alleged racist confrontation in Central ParkWoman charged after alleged racist confrontation in Central Park

Trump criticises US sports teams for considering name changesTrump criticises US sports teams for considering name changes

Canadian police say man accused of crashing gate threatened TrudeauCanadian police say man accused of crashing gate threatened Trudeau


Lifestyle

Liz O’Brien talks to Niall Breslin about his admiration for frontline staff, bereavement in lockdown, his new podcast, and why it's so important for us all just to slow down.Niall Breslin talks about losing his uncle to coronavirus

Podcasts are often seen as a male domain — see the joke, 'What do you call two white men talking? A podcast'.Podcast corner: Three new podcasts from Irish women that you should listen to

Esther McCarthy previews some of the Fleadh’s Irish and international offerings.How to attend the Galway Film Fleadh from the comfort of your own couch

Whether you’re on staycation or risking a trip away, Marjorie Brennan offers suggestions on novels for a wide variety of tastesThe best fiction books for the beach and beyond this summer

More From The Irish Examiner