News Summary: Greece, teachers in new tussle

News Summary: Greece uses emergency power on striking teachers, unions respond with new strike

Associated Press

SCHOOL DAZE: The Greek government invoked emergency powers to prevent protesting teachers from disrupting university entrance exams this month. Civil servants' unions retaliated by calling a 24-hour strike for Tuesday.

CHARMING: It is the third time this year that the conservative-led coalition government has used the emergency civil mobilization order — normally reserved for natural disasters — to end a labor dispute in the crisis-hit country.

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Pay and staff cuts have become routine in the debt-strapped country, part of the budget austerity measures demanded by international rescue lenders who have kept Greece from defaulting on its debts since it lost bond market access in 2010. The cuts have seen Greece's minimum wage slashed and unemployment rise to 27 percent.

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