Boats, transport disruptions due to October 18 general strike



There will be no ferry or hydrofoil service to or from Piraeus on Thursday as the Panhellenic Seamen’s Union (PNO) joins a 24-hour general strike called by public and private sector unions.
Also affected by the 24-hour strike is train service throughout Greece, including the Athens metropolitan light rail (proastiakos), and trolleys in Athens. Taxis in Athens will stage a work stoppage from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while buses in the capital will run only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The general strike called by the civil service union ADEDY and the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), Greece’s largest labor umbrella, is timed to coincide with the October 18 deadline set by the Eurogroup for Greece to finalize and implement reforms stipulated under a loan program agreed with the European Union, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund–or “troika”.
The date is the start of a two-day EU summit.
Lawyers, court clerks, doctors at state hospitals, dentists, notaries, and pharmacists have also called 48-hour strikes beginning tomorrow.
The journalists’ union ESHEA has called a 24-hour strike on Wednesday in support of the general strike.
The unions are protesting austerity measures that include a mix of spending cuts, public sector layoffs, and changes in tax policy and labor laws.
PNO, in a statement endorsing the strike, warned that Thursday’s walkout could be the start of extended labor action.




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  1. Adamadia says:

    Isn’t it time that you updated the news??

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