No taxis today in Athens

Athens taxi drivers will be on strike all day today, setting the stage for a series of strikes and protests due to affect much of the public sector this coming week. Yesterday, the government gained a nominal respite from the growing wave of industrial action, as an Athens court ruled illegal a strike by state vets that started over a fortnight ago and has hampered the country’s meat supply system. However, the union vowed to keep up the strike, which has caused severe problems with meat imports. Yesterday, over a dozen Olympic Airways flights were disrupted by two work stoppages by flight attendants. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, state hospital doctors will be on strike, while state primary school teachers will stay off work on Monday and secondary school teachers on Monday and Tuesday. Teachers will demonstrate through the center of Athens on Monday. University professors have been on strike for three weeks. On Monday, police, fire brigade and coast guard unions will hold a pamphlet campaign for designation of their work as hazardous.

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