PPC workers charged after sit-in at billing center

Eighteen Public Power Corporation workers, including GENOP union chief Nikos Fotopoulos, faced a prosecutor on Monday following a sit-in protest at the company?s billing center a day earlier.

?You?ve turned our life into hell and the country into a protectorate,? the union said.

Fotopoulos claimed that PPC had doctored the electricity bills of large firms so they pay lower property tax.

The protest was broken up after a prosecutor and riot police were called to the PPC building in the northeastern Athens suburb of Holargos.

All 18 were charged with disturbing the peace and face up to a few months in jail if convicted. Court officials said the suspects were released pending trial.