News Summary: Greek teachers to strike over cuts

News Summary: Greek high schools face strikes as teachers vent anger over state staff cuts

Associated Press

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR NOW: Unions representing high school teachers in Greece have voted to hold "long-term" strikes starting Sept. 16 against public sector staff cuts ordered by the government as part of its bailout agreements.

PROBLEM WITH THIS AUTHORITY: It's the first major challenge to the country's conservative-led government over its program to suspend 25,000 public servants this year and fire 15,000 by the end of 2014.

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN: Greece is stuck in a sixth year of recession, with the slump worsened by harsh austerity measures demanded by rescue creditors that have pushed unemployment up to more than 27 percent.

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