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Protesters chant slogans during a rally organized by Greece's ADEDY main public sector union, in central Athens, on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally  and held a 4-hour work stoppage to protest planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government's harsh austerity drive. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Protesters chant slogans during a rally organized by Greece's ADEDY main public sector union, in central Athens, on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally and held a 4-hour work stoppage to protest planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government's harsh austerity drive. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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(AP) Greece civil servants' union is intensifying protests against planned mass job cuts and suspensions, and has called a two-day strike for next month.


The ADEDY umbrella group said Friday it would approach other major Greek unions to seek joint participation in the Sept. 18-19 walkout.


ADEDY is angry at the conservative-led government's plans to fire 15,000 public sector workers by the end of 2014, and suspend another 25,000 this year.


The cuts break a major taboo by ending public sector employees' century-old job safety guarantees. They are part of a harsh savings and reform program demanded by international creditors in exchange for vital rescue loans that have kept debt-crippled Greece solvent since 2010.


The austerity has plunged the economy into a crippling recession and sent unemployment to record highs.


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