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A woman exits the Greek Finance Ministry as Riot Police block the entrance to the workers of Hellenic Arms Industry and Greek Powder, Chemical and Industrial products during a protest against government austerity measures which threaten their jobs, in central Athens, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. The conservative-led government plans to sack 15,000 state employees by the end of 2014, and place another 25,000 in a program of mandatory suspensions and job transfers. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
A woman exits the Greek Finance Ministry as Riot Police block the entrance to the workers of Hellenic Arms Industry and Greek Powder, Chemical and Industrial products during a protest against government austerity measures which threaten their jobs, in central Athens, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. The conservative-led government plans to sack 15,000 state employees by the end of 2014, and place another 25,000 in a program of mandatory suspensions and job transfers. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
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(AP) Unions representing high school teachers in Greece have voted to hold "long term" strikes starting Sept. 16, in protest at public sector staff cuts ordered by the government as part of its bailout agreements.


The leader of the teaching union OLME, Themis Kotsifakis, said Tuesday that union delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of the weekly rolling protests at a union meeting late Monday.


The move represents the first major challenge to the country's conservative-led government over its program to suspend 25,000 public servants this year and fire 15,000 by the end of 2014.


State schools open Thursday but classes start Sept. 16.


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