Latest News Wires Greece: Civil servants strike, services shut down ahead of EU, IMF visit

More than 9,000 public sector employees began a 48-hour strike Wednesday, to protest plans to fire public sector employees. The protests come ahead of a visit by the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund to evaluate Greece's progress on financial reforms. 

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Greek workers shut schools and forced hospitals to operate with only emergency staff on Wednesday at the start of a 48-hour strike against the latest plans to fire thousands of public sector employees.