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Three days of strikes and protests in Greece

27 November 2014 / 00:11:53  GRReporter
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The big syndicates in the state and private sector announced a 24-hour strike for Thursday, yet protests of various professional groups had already started on Tuesday with the rally of animal farmers in front of the office of the Organisation of payments and control of EU Agricultural Funds. Farmers gathered there to present their demands related to losses from bluetongue disease, compensation payments and pastures.

photo: ethnos.gr

A group of protesters made an attempt to enter the building and hand over their manifest, but were repelled by police units using teargas.

After clashes with the police, the breeders made a rally to the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food. Ministry employees stopped working for three hours as a sign of support for the protesters.

photo: protothema.gr

A 24-hour strike of media employees will be held today, hence information flows will dry up until 6 AM on Thursday. The protest rally will be held at noon in front of the Journalists Union building in Athens.

The media will cease work during the protest rally tomorrow between 11 PM and 2 PM.

The trade unions of employees in the public and private sectors announced the strike in protest against the economic policies of the Greek government. The rally will start at 11 AM at Klafthmonos Square. The strikers demands include: an increase in salaries and pensions, abolition of the system of work performance assessment in the civil service, reappointment of dismissed civil servants, elimination of the latest taxes introduced over several years, and adoption of a ‘fair tax system’. The civil servants’ trade union warned it would ramp up its protest actions over the next months.

The All-Workers Militant Front - PAME, the trade union of Greece's Communist party, will hold a separate rally at Omonia square.

The main opposition party SYRIZA also invites its members to join a rally from 10:30 h in the area between Eolou and Stadiou streets.

The strike will seriously hamper getting around in Athens throughout the day. Employees who serve on the electric railway from Piraeus to Kifissia and the metro will not work from the start of the morning shift until 10 AM and from 4 PM to the end of the workday.

Their colleagues from the tramline will only work between 9 AM and 5 PM while bus and trolley drivers – from 9 AM to 9 PM.

photo: skai.gr

Railway employees will also take part in the strike, which is why all train journeys, including on Athens Suburban Railway, have been cancelled. The same goes for the overground section of the metro from Doukissis Plakentias to the airport.

Due to the participation of port and ship workers in the 24-hour strike, ships of all categories will stay anchored in harbours.

Air transport will not be spared, either. As the flight inspectors will join the strike, Aegean airlines has cut 97 domestic and 65 international flights. Olympic Air has suspended all flights scheduled for 27th November.

 

Tags: Society protests general strike unions transport media breeders
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