July 17, 2013 / 9:33 PM / 5 years ago

Greek government secures votes to pass public sector layoffs bill

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s government secured enough parliamentary votes to pass a public sector reform bill early on Thursday that allows for thousands of job cuts, clearing the way for the disbursement of the country’s next tranche of bailout aid.

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A majority of deputies in the 300-seat parliament voted in favour of the most contentious bits of the bill, including plans for a public sector transfer and layoff scheme.

Reporting by Renee Maltezou, Angeliki Koutantou, George Georgiopoulos and Deepa Babington

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