ECONOMY

Legitimacy of PPC strike to be examined by court while employees vow to continue industrial action

A restraining order against GENOP-PPC (the Public Power Corporation employees trade union) is to be examined by a court in Athens today, amid continuing power cuts across the country. The power company’s administration filed an application with the Court of the First Instance, asking it to declare the strike illegal and abusive. The case was to be heard yesterday but was adjourned to allow GENOP lawyers to study the brief. PPC is asking for measures to be taken to avoid similar chaos in power distribution in the future, while it points to the great losses incurred by the company as a result of the current industrial action. Meanwhile, early next week a team of public prosecutors are expected to issue their verdict on complaints that the power cuts are deliberate and unjustified. A hearing of witnesses was completed yesterday, with testimonies given by Constantinos Michalos, president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Giorgos Kasimatis of the Central Association of Greek Chambers. Both officials stressed that businesses have suffered extensive losses due to continued power cuts. GENOP’s board met yesterday and decided that the strike be continued, as would power cuts.