Greek Parliament Approves Massive Layoff Plans

Greek lawmakers approved emergency plans to cut 15,000 government jobs by the end of next year. They have to do it in order to receive more European Union bailout funds.

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INSKEEP: Greek lawmakers approved emergency plans to cut 15,000 government jobs by the end of next year. They have to do that in order to receive more European Union bailout funds.

The Greek parliament approved a measure in a vote on Sunday. Their new law will overturn what had been a constitutional guarantee for public sector workers to have a permanent position for life.

There were street protests outside parliament against this move, but all three parties in the governing coalition supported the plan.

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