Strike to halt transport, services in Greece on Thursday

Strike to halt transport, services in Greece on Thursday

Workers are to walk off the job on Thursday in the second general strike under the SYRIZA-led government, disrupting public services and transport.

The 24-hour strike, which has been called by the country’s two main labor unions, will leave most public services closed though there will be limited public transport services to enable workers to attend anti-austerity protests.

Hospitals will be operating on a skeleton staff both on Wednesday and Thursday to protest cutbacks and understaffing.

In Athens, the metro, the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (ISAP) as well as city buses and trolley buses will only operate between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

There will be no train services as Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) employees are to join the strike while the Proastiakos suburban railway will not be operating between Doukissis Plakentias station and Athens International Airport.

Flights are likely to be disrupted too though the union representing Greek air-traffic controllers did not determine on Tuesday whether it would limit its action to a work stoppage.

Ferries are to remain moored in Greek ports on Thursday as seamen join the 24-hour strike.

The Panhellenic Journalists’ Union (POESY) was also particpating in the protest action calling on its members to strike from 6 a.m. on Wednesday to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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