The General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), the country's largest umbrella trade union organisation, on Tuesday expressed support for strike action organised by public utility trade unions and urged the workforce to take part in a nationwide strike by public utility staff on Thursday, as well as a rally planned at Klafthmonos Square in central Athens the same day.
The goal of the strikes is to ensure that public enterprises and utilities that "are a lever for the country's growth and serve the public interest" remain in the public sector and are not privatised.
GSEE's Executive Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, to be followed by a joint meeting with the executive committee of the civil servants' union federation ADEDY, in order to coordinate the common action of trade unions.
Public transport workers are also participating in the strike on Thursday but will operate during the middle of the day in order to allow people to attend the union rallies. Specifically, Athens buses will run between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and workers on the metro and electric railway (ISAP) will be on strike from the start of their shift until 8:00 a.m.