Greek workers occupy Athens building

Protesters attend a demonstration in Athens, Greece, July 8, 2013.

Athens city police officers have occupied a municipal building in the Greek capital to protest their inclusion in a Athens city police officers have occupied a municipal building in the Greek capital to protest their inclusion in a government plan to slash the number of civil servants.

Angered by their inclusion in a government scheme to further reduce the workforce of civil servants as part of the international bailout requirements, municipal police officers in Athens occupied a city building in downtown Athens on Wednesday.

The main union for Greek municipal workers, who have been on strike for the last two days, has also called on its members to engage in occupying government buildings on Wednesday and Thursday.

The union, according to local reports, has further extended rolling 24-hour strikes for the remainder of this week.

The development comes as Greece’s international creditors approved releasing 6.8 billion euros (USD8.7 billion) in rescue loans on Monday, despite a missed deadline by the government to place 12,500 workers in an involuntary transfer program.

Meanwhile, the government announced on Tuesday that it was placing 4,200 workers, including school guards and teachers, on an eight-month suspension with reduced pay this month.

Athens agreed last week to transfer some 4,000 municipal officers to the police force, a cost-cutting move which unionists fear will lead to massive layoffs.

By the end of this year, some 25,000 civil servants overall must be redeployed and an additional 4,000 fired in order for the country to receive access to further payout of approximately 8.1 billion euros (USD 10.4 billion) in bailout rescue loans.

Athens was granted a 110-billion-euro (USD 145-billion) bailout by the so-called troika in May 2010.

Another 130-billion euro (USD 170-billion) rescue package was approved in February 2012.

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Republished with permission from: Press TV