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Greece on strike against its financial stability

15 December 2010 / 09:12:39  GRReporter
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Mass 24-hour strike against the financial stabilization reforms of the country is organized by the Greek unions today. Informally, the reason is the law on labour market liberalization and state enterprises reorganization adopted by the Parliament late last night but the real reason is the unwillingness of the majority of Greeks to accept the measures of fuscal discipline the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank imposed on the government.

Due to the strike of air traffic controllers today, December 15, all flights of the Olympic and AEGEAN airlines, and all flights to and from Greek airports are canceled. Greek railways are on strike not only today but also tomorrow and trains in the country are not moving. Buses and trolleys in Athens run from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm, and the electric train and the subway - from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Trams will run from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, taxis will be on strike for 4 hours - from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. Ships will remain anchored in ports today because of docksmen protest.

Public hospitals will serve only emergencies today and pharmacies throughout the country will remain closed. Toothaches are not recommended today as dentists are also on strike. Courts in Greece are closed today as well as banks which stopped working for 48 hours since yesterday. Employees in the telecommunication sector in the country are on strike too. Today there is no news in Greece because journalists refuse to cover them. They have announced a new 48-hour strike on Friday and Saturday, December17 and 18.

The protests begin at 11.00 am in downtown Athens.

Tags: Mass strikeEconomic reformsFsical disciplineTrade unionsProtests
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