(MENAFN - AFP) Greece was hit by a new wave of strikes on Monday as public employees protested a massive redeployment plan which is an integral part of the debt-laden country's obligations to its creditors.
Secondary school teachers kicked off a week of walkouts, with students attending classes on a severely reduced schedule due to the strike launched by Greek education union OLME.
"No to extended leave, redundancies and mandatory transfers," read a sign tacked onto the closed door of a high school in Athens' well-to-do Kolonaki neighbourhood.
State school teachers will gather from midday in Athens to attend protests, along with university staff who will also force shutdowns at higher education establishments this week.
Staff in unemployment benefit offices will also leave them empty to join the protests, with hospital doctors joining the strikes from Tuesday to Friday.
As part of the controversial redeployment plan in the country reeling from six years of recession, civil servants have to accept new posts or spend eight months on reduced salaries as alternative posts are found, with the risk of losing their jobs altogether.
Greece has agreed to redeploy 12,500 civil servants by the end of September as part of a general restructuring of its public sector, in return for the next instalment of its EU-IMF rescue loans.
Overall, Greece is due to move or temporarily cut the salaries of a total of 25,000 civil servants and axe 4,000 state jobs by the end of the year.