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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-12-11

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  • [01] 24-hour nationwide strike on Wednesday

  • [01] 24-hour nationwide strike on Wednesday

    All of the ANA-MPA's news services will be off-line between 6 a.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday due to participation of journalists' unions in a 24-hour nationwide strike declared for Wednesday.

    The General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) and the Civil Servants‚ Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) will participate in the nationwide general strike in protest over the country‚s social security system.

    Taking part in the strike are journalists from all the unions, lawyers, doctors, mechanics, civil servants, personnel at the public utilities and banks. schools and universities will also be closed.

    Regarding transport, OASA announced that within the framework of the strike, the blue buses and trolleys will not operate for 24 hours. The OSE trains will also not operate.

    The railway stations and the Athens Metro will hold work stoppages from the start of the shift until 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to the end of the shift.

    Trams will hold a work stoppage from the start of the shift until 09:30 a.m. and from 4 p.m. until the end of the shift.

    Personnel at the Express bus routes serving Athens‚ ?Eleftherios Venizelos? Airport will participate in the strike from 04:25 a.m. (morning of December 12) until midnight (night of December 12).

    Due to the strike declared by airport tower control personnel, there will be no flights. There will be no flights to and from Greece.

    GSEE in an announcement calls on the working people ?to participate en mass and decisively? in the strike, in protest over the 2008 state budget, the changes in the country‚s social security system and the privatizations.

    In Athens, the GSEE and ADEDY rally will take place at the Pedion tou Areos, central Athens, at 11 a.m.

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