All-out strike will take place in Greece

17 May 2017

On May 17, the all-out twenty-four hours protest strike against the extension of the belt-tightening policy will take place in Greece, CTV News reported.

Among protesters there will be public transport workers, as well as those of hospitals, state and municipal institutions, and media. Railway, ferry and air travel services will also stop functioning. The strike is planned in view of the parliamentary vote on the draft law prescribing the reduction in retirement benefits and salaries, and the increase of taxes onwards 2019, which will be taken on May 18.

Trade unions of state officials and of private sector employees strike under banners "No to the forth memorandum with creditors", "Stop sale of energy company and state property", "No to new reduction in retirement benefits and salaries".

Trade unions of sellers demand not to allow store operations on Sundays and to stop the increase of taxes.

Since midnight of May 16, sailors have been striking, the ferry traffic has been stopped on the whole territory of the country, and, as a result, Greek islands are now cut off from each other. All-Greece federation of sailors PNO demands the solution of the problem concerning sailors’ retirement benefits and efficient revision of several ministerial decisions related to the functioning of coasting ships in international directions and to collective labour agreements.

The Athens International Airport will not work for four hours because of the strike of air traffic controllers while two Greek airlines will change the departure time of more than 100 flights.

Adapted from CTV News

Photo: open sources

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