With a 24-hour general strike and rallies, Greek trade unions are planning to dynamically oppose the new round of austerity cuts and measures being prepared by the government on Wednesday.
A general strike throughout the day has been called by the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), Greece's largest umbrella trade union organisation representing the private sector, as well as the civil servants' union federation ADEDY.
They are demanding the withdrawal of the new measures "of the government and the troika", while GSEE stressed that unions will continue fight the "dead-end, neoliberal policies whose only result is to lead unemployment to the heights, workers to destitution, the Greek economy into deeper recession and destroy the social fabric".
There will be rally at Pedion tou Areos at 11:00 a.m. and a march to Parliament, where MPs will discuss the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy.
Meanwhile, the 'Indignant Citizens Movement' has announced a rally outside Parliament that will begin at 7:00 a.m. and last throughout the day.
Another rally has been organised by PAME, the trade union faction affiliated to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), in Omonia at 10:00 a.m.
Public transport unions will hold work stoppages on Wednesday, so that people are able to go to the rallies. Specifically, the ISAP train from Kifissia to Piraeus will run from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., the buses will run from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., the trolleys from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and trams from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Greek railways will be on strike throughout the day, including the Proastiakos services to the Athens airport. This means that metro trains, which will operate throughout the day, will also be unable to serve the airport since that part of the track belongs to OSE, reaching only as far as Doukissis Plakentias station.
In the northern Greek of Thessaloniki, buses will also hold work stoppages along the same lines, striking at the beginning and end of their shifts but working normally between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Retailers, traders and workshop owners have also announced a three-hour strike in the middle of the day, from noon until 3:00 p.m., during which they will close their shops in the centre of Athens and Thessaloniki.
Joining in the strike action will be staff in Greece's public utility companies (PPC, OTE, EYDAP and ELTA), staff in ports, self-employed freelance professionals (engineers, lawyers, notaries), public hospitals, the ambulance service, private doctors and court employees.
State hospitals, health centres and the ambulance service will operate with a skeleton staff and handle only medical emergencies.
It will also include public sector workers at ministries, tax offices, local government, social insurance funds, town planning departments, banks and journalists.
Wednesday's general strike is the 9th in a row since March 11, 2010 when Greece first entered the bailout mechanism.
Public transport work-stoppages on Wednesday
Public transport in Athens will be running for most of the day Wednesday, as employees will be staging work stoppages at the beginning of the morning shifts and at the end of the night shifts during the 24-hour nationwide labor strike called by the country's two major umbrella federations GSEE and ADEDY on Wednesday.
Public transport workers decided the stoppages, rather than a 24-hour strike, to facilitate the public in commuting in order to take part in protest demonstrations.
Commuter buses will run from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Athens Metro from 8:00 a.m. to the end of the night shift, the ISAP trains from 8:00 a.m. to 9L00 p.m., trolleys from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and trams from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Hellenic Rail (OSE) and Proastiakos suburban rail will not be running on Wednesday.
It is noted that the Athens Metro will be operating on Wednesday only to Doukissis Plakentias station, and will not serve traffic on the section to and from Athens International Airport, as that section belongs to the jurisdiction of OSE, whose employees are staging a 24-hour strike.
Flights to run normally Wednesday as air traffic controllers decide suspension of mobilisations during nationwide labor strike
Flights to and from all Greek airports will be conducted on schedule on Wednesday, as the Union of Air Traffic Controllers decided on Tuesday to suspend the mobilisations it had called in the context of Wednesday's 24-hour nationwide general strike called by the country's two major umbrella unions GSEE and ADEDY, representing the private and public sector respectively.