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Total BLACKOUT in Greece

11 March 2010 / 09:03:31  GRReporter
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Once again, the two largest trade unions in Greece organized a 24-hour nationwide labor strike. Employees in state institutions, transport, media, hospitals, schools, courts, customs and airports will not work in protest against the economic policies of the socialist government of PASOK. At 11:00AM the General Confederation of Workers and the Union of Public Employees urge all citizens to join the protest, united under the slogan "We are not going to pay for the crisis”. 

"The problems caused by the economic crisis are similar in all European countries. This means that we must resort to organized general strikes all across Europe. Measures to deal with the crisis which are now imposed on Greece are a recipe for implementing changes in social security and working rights of citizens," said the representative of the union of public employees Spyros Papaspiros. The rally point of the supporters of both unions is at the beginning of Aleksandras Boulevard in the city center. Also at eleven in the morning, but at Omonia square the union group of the Greek Communist Party PAME organized a separate protest also targeted against the economic reform of Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou. For 06:00PM a third protest is organized, which will be held in front of the Union of police officers. 

Due to the 24-hour strike in Athens there will be no city buses, trolleys and metro and long-distance trains. An exception will be for the city train, which goes from Kisfisia to Piraeus and will work from 10:00AM until 04:00PM. The Greek shipping Federation announced that they will join the strike as well and all ports in Greece will remain closed.

Tags: Greece Athens Economy strike trade union
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