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Greeks split on reforms, public sector job cuts - poll

Greeks are split down the middle on whether public sector job cuts demanded by the country's international lenders for continued bailout funding are necessary and most remain downbeat on the economy's prospects, an opinion poll showed on Saturday.Greek municipal workers have taken to the streets against government plans to cut thousands of public-sector jobs, measures included in a multi-pronged bill to be voted on in parliament next week as a condition for more payments of aid.Athens pledged to place 12,500 public sector workers including school guards, teachers and municipal police into a "mobility pool" by September, where they will have eight months to find work in other departments or lose their jobs.According to the survey by pollster Metron Analysis for newspaper Ependytis, 47 percent of Greeks favor cuts to shrink the public sector but 50 percent think there should be no layoffs.A 62 percent majority objects to the proposed closure of municipal police services.Greece is sufferi...

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