Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras gave nothing away today after talks with the country's creditors, saying: "It's a tough discussion because the measures are tough."
The lenders are demanding yet more cuts, but a day prior to the meeting Mr Samaras had failed to convince his coalition government partners.
And trade unions are intensifying actions against the cuts, with the main ADEDY civil servants' union warning today that it plans to call a general strike "in the immediate future," together with the GSEE public-sector union.
Also today, university professors launched a two-day strike during the autumn exam period, while staff at technical universities are out all week.
Academics say the new cuts will take more than 25 per cent off their pay - which has already been reduced by 25 per cent over the past two years.
State nursery and primary-school teachers will also be on strike on Wednesday, the second day of the school year, while secondary-school teachers will hold work stoppages and tax collectors will strike on Thursday.