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Continued: Correction: Greece-Financial Crisis story

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The government must put 12,500 civil servants on administrative leave by the end of the year, with the possibility of dismissal. They include 2,200 school security personnel; 3,500 members of the Athens municipal police, which will then be disbanded and absorbed into Greece's police force; at least 2,000 local government employees; 1,500 teachers; and employees of various ministries.

They will be paid 75 percent of their normal salary and be subject to dismissal if they aren't transferred to other state agencies within eight months.

Municipal workers across the country went on strike to protest the plan, while the country's civil servants union, ADEDY, called a work stoppage from noon for all civil servants in the capital, Athens.

The austerity reforms agreed in return for the loans, have included big salary and pension cuts as well as repeated tax hikes.

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Elena Becatoros from Athens, Greece, contributed to this report.

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