Greece faces more anti-austerity strikes, protests
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A fresh wave of anti-austerity strikes has hit Greece, whose fractious governing coalition leaders are struggling to finalize further spending cuts for the coming two years.
State hospital doctors, school teachers and local authority employees have walked off the job to protest planned salary and funding cuts under the new (euro) 11.5 billion ($14.7 billion) package.
The unions were to hold separate demonstrations in Athens Wednesday. Serving and retired military officers are also planning a very rare march in the capital.
Later Wednesday, the heads of the three parties in Greece's conservative-led coalition will hold the latest in a string of so far fruitless meetings, seeking agreement on the 2013-14 cutbacks.
Unless Greece comes up with a binding, workable austerity program, international bailout creditors will cut off its vital rescue loans.