NEWS

Next wave of strike action

State hospitals will be operating on emergency staff today as doctors launch a new wave of protests at the government’s austerity measures with a 48-hour strike. Proceedings at the country’s courts will be disrupted too as staff walk off the job for two days. The Communist-affiliated labor union PAME also starts a 48-hour strike today. The serious disruptions will begin tomorrow though, when hundreds of thousands of civil servants are expected to stay home as their union ADEDY stages the latest in a series of 24-hour strikes in protests at salary cuts and tax increases introduced over the past few months as well as a tax law voted through Parliament last week. Government offices and schools will remain closed as will tax offices and state banks. The union has called a protest rally, due to begin at 11 a.m. in Klafthmonos Square. The rally is expected to cause congestion in central Athens, although strike action is not expected to affect public transport.