Unions call rally against Tuesday night bill vote


The country’s two biggest unions, GSEE and ADEDY, have called on workers to rally in central Athens on Tuesday evening as Parliament votes on a set of prior actions demanded by creditors for the release of bailout funds.

The protest is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Klafthmonos Square before heading to Parliament at Syntagma Square. The action is expected to cause the closure of central roads in the downtown area to traffic.

The Communist party-affiliated union PAME also announced a separate rally at Omonia Square.

Lawmakers are set to vote on a new round of prior actions in exchange for a further 1 billion euros in bailout loans, a package that is widely expected to pass as contentious reforms including a pension overhaul and a new tax bill have been put off until January.

The new multi-bill of measures foresees the creation of a new privatization fund, to be jointly supervised by Greek and foreign officials, the partial sell-off of Greece’s power transmission operator ADMIE, regulations allowing the sale of some nonperforming loans held by Greek banks, and a unified wage structure for civil servants.