Unions launch 48-hour strike in Greece ahead of vote on latest measures

Greece?s two main labor unions, GSEE and ADEDY, launched a 48-hour general strike on Tuesday as MPs prepared to vote on a series of structural reforms and spending cuts as part of Greece?s effort to convince its lenders to release another bailout tranche.

Protests are expected in Athens on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the parliamentary ballot late on Wednesday.

Public transport staff have suspended services on the Athens metro, the Piraeus-Kifissia electrical railway (ISAP) and the tram on Tuesday, while bus and trolley bus drivers are set to walk off the job Tuesday and Wednesday.

Service will also be halted on the national and suburban railways Tuesday and Wednesday.

Disruptions are also expected at Athens International Airport on Tuesday from a three-hour stoppage by air-traffic controllers, starting at 10 a.m.

Taxis begin rolling 24-hour strikes on Monday, while hospital doctors embark on a three-day walk-out through Wednesday.Lawyers across the country suspended activity for five days starting Monday, while prosecutors are extending their strike to November 18.

Municipal workers protesting plans to slash over 3,000 jobs are also on strike.