Traffic wardens take up protests, as Greece scrambles to meet austerity targets

Municipal police officers have blocked streets in central Athens and heckled Greek government officials attending a meeting with international debt inspectors, as the country scrambles to meet its austerity targets.

The officers, frequently used for traffic warden duty and to check street vendors' licenses, staged the protest Friday following reports they would be included in an involuntary staff transfer scheme.

Greece is trying to finish negotiations with the "troika" of the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund for the next rescue loan payout worth 8.1 billion euros ($10.4 billion). Euro area finance ministers are due to consider the payment when they meet in Brussels on Monday.

The conservative-led government is months behind targets for public sector staff cuts and transfers.