A 24-hour nationwide general strike has been declared on Wednesday, May 11 by Greece's largest umbrella trade union organisations in the private and public sectors, the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) and the civil servants' union federation ADEDY.
Also participating in the strike will be staff in state utilities and the broader public sector, bank workers, school teachers, staff in state hospitals and the ambulance service, local authorities and the media.
GSEE and ADEDY will hold a strike rally at Pedio tou Areos at 11:00 a.m. followed by a march to Parliament, while earlier there will be a separate rally by the Communist Party-affiliated trade union group PAME at Omonia Square at 10:00 a.m.
The strike is expected to affect public transport, except during the hours when the rallies are being held, with work stoppages scheduled for the rest of Wednesday.
There will be no OSE or Proastiakos railway trains on the day of the strike and no flights to or from Greek airports throughout the day, due to an air-traffic controllers' strike. Workers on the Athens metro will hold a work stoppage from the start of their shift until 8:00 a.m., while the ISAP electric railways will be running between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Athens buses will be running between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
All state hospitals and health services will be operating with a skeleton staff due to the strike.
Health sector to participate in Wednesday’s nationwide 24-hour strike
All public hospitals, health centers, Social Insurance Fund (IKA) services, welfare services and ambulance service (EKAB) will operate with skeleton staff on Wednesday, May 11, the day of a nationwide 24-hour strike called by the two umbrella trade unions in the public and private sectors, ADEDY and GSEE.
Hospital doctors and personnel demand the solution of their economic and institutional problems.