NEWS

Country to grind to a halt next week

Commuters face major disruptions next week as fixed-track and other public transport services come to a halt in response to a raft of austerity measures that are to be presented to Parliament for ratification this week.

Staff protesting austerity measures and structural reforms are suspending services on the Athens metro, the Piraeus-Kifissia electrical railway (ISAP) and the tram Monday and Tuesday, while bus and trolley bus drivers are set to walk off the job Tuesday and Wednesday. Service will also be halted on the national and suburban railways Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the country?s two biggest umbrella unions have called a general strike Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning public services will be disrupted. Lawyers across the country are suspending activity for five days starting Monday, while prosecutors are extending their strike to November 18.

Municipal workers protesting plans to slash over 3,000 jobs are expected to hold sit-ins at city halls, garbage truck depots and waste management facilities on Monday.

A decision on allowing limited metro services so that protesters can attend anti-austerity rallies in Athens is expected to be reached by unionists on Monday. Disruptions are also expected at Athens International Airport on Tuesday from a three-hour stoppage by air-traffic controllers, starting at 10 a.m.

Taxis begin rolling 24-hour strikes on Monday, while hospital doctors embark on a three-day walk-out through Wednesday. Journalists are also holding a 24-hour strike on Monday.