Bills will be sent to customers, PPC says

The management of Greece’s Public Power Corporation said Thursday that the company has taken measures to ensure that the bills containing the first installment of the new property tax will be sent to customers.

The announcement came as protesters belonging to GENOP, the power utility’s powerful union, occupied the company’s printing offices in a bid to disrupt collection of the tax.

Reports said the company would probably print the bills in a different venue.

The government has included the property tax in electricity bills to curb tax dodgers.

Unionists were staging a sit-in demo at the company’s billing department since late Wednesday.

?We are here to stay,? GENOP president Nikos Fotopoulos told Skai TV on Thursday. ?We shall not allow [the government] to cut the power on thousands of our fellow citizens,? he said.

Fotopoulos warned that some 700,000 households could be left in the dark should the government materialize its threat to stop power supply to clients who fail to pay the tax.

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