Tax offices across the country will be closed Thursday and Friday as clerks join a 48-hour strike called by their union.

Workers are protesting the closure of a number of tax offices and other cost-cutting measures undertaken by the government as part of its austerity drive.

A protest rally is scheduled to begin at Korai Square in central Athens at 10.30 a.m. Thursday.

Members of the public wishing to meet end-of-the-month payment deadlines will be granted an extension until Monday.