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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-14

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Barrage of strikes, moblilisations on Wednesday
  • [02] The real war starts now 

  • [01] Barrage of strikes, moblilisations on Wednesday

    Protests, strikes and moblisations against the government's planned changes to labor relations and in the public utilities and organisations (DEKO) will peak on Wednesday with a nationwide general strike called by the country's two largest umbrella federations, GSEE and ADEDY, representing the private and public sector respectively, although mobilisations will continue after the general strike.

    ANA-MPA/Public transport came to a standstill in Athens on Tuesday in a 24-hour strike by employees in all mass transit organisations, who also held work stoppages on Sunday and Monday and are poised to call another 24-hour strike on Thursday, although on Wednesday buses and trolleys will run from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the Athens Metro and ISAP urban train from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in order to carry people to and from a major protest rally to be staged by GSEE and ADEDY at the Pedion tou Areos Park in central Athens at 11:00 a.m.

    Another protest rally was staged on Tuesday at central Syntagma Square shortly after noon, while GSEE and ADEDY also held a work stoppage the same day.ana-mpa

    The strike and mobilisations on Wednesday will affect public transport, state hospitals and health services, airlines and coastal shipping, courts and banks, as well as the rail service (OSE) and the Proastiakos suburban railway, while taxi drivers have also called a four-hour work stoppage from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Taxi drivers also announced that they will not charge a Christmas bonus on fares this year, due to the economic crisis.

    Buses in Thessaloniki will not be running on Wednesday, as urban transport employees have called a 24-hour strike.ana-mpa

    There will also be a news blackout on Wednesday, as the journalists' unions throughout the country have called a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, and also a 48-hour strike on Friday and Saturday.

    Wednesday's strike will also ground airplanes in both domestic and international routes as the Air Traffic Controllers and Civil Aviation Service (YPA) employees will also take part in the 24-hour strike.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] The real war starts now

    -PA/"The real war starts now. The working people must realise that there are no solutions. Either they organise their counter-attack now or they bow their heads," Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga stressed on Tuesday after a meeting with prime minister George Papandreou.

    In statements to the press, Papariga also stressed her full disagreement with the government's omnibus bill, which parliament is due to vote on under "urgent procedures" on Tuesday night, with respect to the sweeping changes it introduces to labor relations and in the public utilities and organisations (DEKO), but added that the issue was not discussed with the premier.

    Besides, she added, the bill would be discussed in parliament on Tuesday afternoon.ana-mpa

    Papariga explained that the purpose of the discussion with Papandreou was to be briefed on the items on the agenda of the EU Summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday and on developments in the crisis in Europe.

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