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Power cuts extended as demand soars

On the fifth day of strike action by Public Power Corporation (PPC) workers, the management of the enterprise said Friday that it would be obliged to extend the duration of power outages as an increasing number of electricity plants across the country have become sub-operational due to the action and demand for power has skyrocketed as temperatures rise and the use of air conditioning units increases.

Power outages will be carried out between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in mainland Greece, on the southern Aegean island of Crete between 8.30 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. and on Rhodes between 7.30 p.m. and 10.30 p.m.

The PPC, which has been obliged to import electricity from other countries in recent days, appealed to Greek households and businesses to curb their consumption of power during the strike action.

The strikes are estimated to be costing the cash-strapped state millions of euros.

A schedule of the outages is available on PPC?s website (www.dei.gr), while a hotline has also been set up to inform citizens of whether and when their areas will be affected. The number is 210.929.8100.

In a related development, the management of PPC on Friday appealed for an ongoing strike by PPC workers to be declared illegal and abusive. A court was to hear the appeal on Thursday afternoon.

The PPC?s action came just two days after a citizens? group filed a lawsuit against Nikos Fotopoulos, the president of GENOP, the PPC’s workers’ union, for endangering public health. The group, which was organized on the social networking site Facebook, complains that ongoing strikes by PPC employees have interrupted the power supply to many of the country?s hospitals.