The country may grind to a virtual standstill on Wednesday, when national unions have called a 24-hour general strike against the latest round of austerity measures and higher taxes.
The June 15 strike has been called by the country's two largest trade union federations, the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) representing the private-sector workforce and the civil servants' union federation ADEDY. It is expected to affect both the private and public sectors, including flights, health services and public transport.
Hospitals, health centres and the ambulance service will be operating on skeleton staff as doctors and nurses go on strike, while a strike by air-traffic controllers will disrupt flights.
Ferries and ships will remain anchored in ports as a result of the 24-hour strike decided by the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO) for all categories of ships, and all trains will be at a standstill, including the trains serving the Athens airport. Decisions are expected on Tuesday concerning the form of strike action to be adopted by staff on other forms of public transport.
As of the following Monday, June 20, the Public Power Corporation (PPC) staff union GENOP is scheduled to begin a series of rolling 48-hour strikes protesting against the further privatisation of the power utility. The strike is expected to have an impact on power supply throughout the country and may lead to scheduled rotating power cuts.