ATHENS, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Greek unions' mobilization may bring the country to a standstill on Wednesday as they called for a general strike in protest of new austerity package promoted by the government.
Organized by two major worker unions in private and public sectors, GSEE and ADEDY, thousands of protesters, including tax and customs officers, employees at municipalities, state-owned bank workers, along with merchants, lawyers, teachers and doctors, will gather at parks in the center of Athens to hole a rally against the new painful wave of austerity.
In addition, public transport will participate with work stoppages in the protest, therefore disruptions in services of railways, airlines and ferries are expected.
Debt-laden Greece is under pressure from the European Union (EU), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) lenders to finalize a new package of cuts and reforms of 11.5 billion euros (14.85 billion U.S. Dollars) by the upcoming weekend to secure further international aid to avoid a default and potential exit from the euro zone.