Civil servants early Tuesday staged sit-ins at several ministries in Athens, protesting against the government's measure of reserve labour and the new uniform civil service salary scale.

    The sit-ins, at the development ministry, agricultural development ministry, culture and tourism ministry and the ministry of finance, will continue on Wednesday, when the Civil Servants' Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) and General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE), Greece's two largest umbrella federations representing the public and private sector, respectively, have called a 24-hour nationwide strike in the public sector and the so-called DEKO (public utilities and state organisations).

    Another sit-in was staged at the education ministry, where the protesting employees were joined by a group of approximately 70 university students who are demanding that the new law on higher education reform be rescinded.

    The students have also put up a large banner at the ministry entrance.