Court mulling power workers’ action

A first instance court is due to decide on Monday whether to rule an ongoing strike by the GENOP union representing Public Power Corporation (PPC) workers illegal and abusive.

The strike entered its fifth day yesterday. GENOP took several more power plants off the national grid, forcing PPC to conduct longer and more widespread power cuts to prevent a general blackout from occurring.

PPC, which has been importing electricity from other countries, appealed to households and businesses to curb their consumption of power during the strike action. It also lodged an appeal with the court, which ordered GENOP to ensure that there is enough supply of electricity to prevent a blackout until PPC?s case is heard on Monday.

Sources at the Hellenic Transmission Systems Operator (DESMIE) said that the power cuts over the weekend are not expected to be severe but there is concern that GENOP will step up its action on Monday, regardless of whether the court rules the union?s strike illegal.

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