News Summary: Mayors join Greek protesters

Mayors join Greek protesters, march to parliament as state job cuts loom

Associated Press

MUNICIPAL MAYHEM: Mayors from across Greece joined anti-austerity protesters and marched on parliament, as lawmakers prepared to vote for thousands of public-sector job cuts and transfers.

THOUSAND CUTS: The latest austerity measures will put 12,500 public-sector staff, mostly teachers and municipal workers, in a program that subjects them to involuntary transfers and possible dismissals. It will also pave the way for 15,000 layoffs by the end of next year.

NATIONAL STRIFE: Greece has been kept out of bankruptcy since it started receiving rescue loans in 2010 from other euro countries and the IMF, but austerity measures demanded in return have caused a dramatic increase in poverty and unemployment. The vote is the first major political test for Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras since a left-wing party abandoned his coalition government last month.

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