Friday March 27, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
PPC showdown looms as union threatens rolling strikes

The coalition may issue civil mobilization orders if unions carry through with their threat to go on strike from midnight on Wednesday in protest at the government’s plans to sell off part of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) to private investors.

“Unionists cannot intervene in the government’s strategic decisions,” said government spokesperson Sofia Voultepsi. “They do not own PPC and electricity, they do not have the right to turn the switches off, this would be sabotage against the state.”

She added that the government would take “any measures” needed to prevent the unionists forcing blackouts across the country.

New Democracy secretary Andreas Papamimikos was blunter in his assessment of what measures the government is prepared to take to prevent any disruption to the provision of electricity over the summer.

“I do not want to believe that the unions would reach the point where they flick off the switches,” he told Skai Radio. “I don’t know what the government’s decision will be but I believe that it has to take this right to the end, to civil mobilization.”

The government has turned to civil mobilization orders in the past to force teachers and public transport workers back to work.

Despite the threats from the GENOP-DEI and Spartakos unions representing PPC workers, the discussion of the bill for the part-privatization of the electricity firm is due to begin at committee level in Parliament on Wednesday. Sources told Kathimerini that the coalition is confident it can win the political argument over the creation of the so-called “small PPC.” The government will argue that it has to break up the PPC monopoly to comply with European Union regulations rather than to meet a bailout condition. Also, the government will stress that the investor, who will take on 30 percent of PPC’s current customers, will be bound to invest further in the new company and keep current employees on for a minimum of five years. The money raised by the sale will go toward covering PPC’s deficit.

Nevertheless, SYRIZA has thrown its full weight behind the protests and is due to visit a hydroelectric power station in Florina, northern Greece, on Wednesday. SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis said that if PPC is privatized, a leftist government would nationalize it again.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday Jul 1, 2014 (21:09)  
Greek government seeks balanced reform package
ND, PASOK say coalition signed up to tough terms
Greek defense minister heads to USA after controversy
Police find Xeros’s bomb-testing spot
Bank deposits lost another 7.6 billion euros last month
Lenders saw their customers’ deposits shrink further last month, Bank of Greece data showed on Thursday, while the flight appears to be continuing this month. On the bright side, the Europea...
Cash concerns keep Athens bourse action tight
Cash is drying up in the Greek market and this is being felt increasingly at the local bourse as well, as the benchmark saw all its Tuesday gains evaporate on Thursday on relatively low turn...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
All is well that ends well for Olympiakos
Young Ioannis Papapetrou helped Olympiakos stage an impressive last-quarter performance to beat visiting Efes Anadolu 86-75 on Thursday and bring its Euroleague losing streak to an end. The ...
BASKETBALL
Reds survive KAO Dramas scare in Piraeus
KAO Dramas gave depleted Olympiakos a scare at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Monday, but the league leaders eventually managed to get their 20th win in 21 games. The Reds won by 10 (72...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Time to get moving
More than two months have passed since the elections and the government has to stop running around in circles and adopt a program of specific reforms, with detailed calculations as to their ...
EDITORIAL
The same old story
One of those infamously bad practices that the political system has been accused of for years is being propagated by the new government today, as it is appointing party cadres and politician...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. All is well that ends well for Olympiakos
2. Greek government seeks balanced reform package
3. ND, PASOK say coalition signed up to tough terms
4. Greek defense minister heads to USA after controversy
5. Police find Xeros’s bomb-testing spot
6. Judges send 32 to trial for kickbacks in submarine deal
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece optimistic on deal with euro area next week
2. Opposition renews calls for minister to resign over legal cases
3. Fed's Bullard: Grexit would be a Greek issue, not a euro issue
4. Stathakis against scrapping tax breaks for islands
5. Greek foreign minister explores deepening of ties with China on Beijing visit
6. New Xeros safe house found near Athens, police say
Today
This Week
1. Next Monday is D-Day for state funds
2. Total victory is unattainable
3. EU asks Greece for more reforms to speed talks on bailout
4. PM faces Merkel amid race to detail reforms
5. Some more equal than others
6. New book by ex-US diplomat delves deeper into the recesses of Greek terrorism
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.