Greek civil servants began a 24-hour strike Wednesday to demand higher pay and better pensions in a bid to alleviate the social and economic impact of eight years of strict austerity measures endured as part of a bailout package to tackle its debt crisis with the European Union.

Public sector union Adedy called civil servants and teachers to strike, while workers in Greece's public hospital system would offer minimum services only.

Despite this, many schools in the Mediterranean country continued to function as normal.

Private sector union GSEE has called a separate strike for Nov. 28, meaning transport routes, banks and commercial outlets also continued to function normally.

Greece was the EU nation worst-hit by the 2008 economic crisis. The government at the time entered into a massive bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund and the EU totaling 289 billion euros ($330 bn).

In order to pay back the loans, Greece was required to implement a system of severe austerity.