Public transport unions in Athens will participate in the 48-hour nationwide strike on Tuesday and Wednesday 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 to coincide with the medium-term fiscal strategy debate and vote in parliament.
On strike will be buses, trolley buses, trams and trains. The Metro will run from 4 p.m. on Wednesday until the end of the shift to carry demonstrators wishing to participate in the protest rally at Klathmonos Square.
Only 200 buses will run to meet needs associated with the Special Olympics underway in Athens.
A union representing pharmacists said pharmacies across the country will also remain closed on Wednesday.
Air traffic controllers decided to participate in the 48-hour strike with two four-hour stoppages on both days, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The mobilisation is expected to disrupt dozens of flights.
Metro operators opt against strike
-The Athens Metro will operate as normal on Tuesday and Wednesday, following the decision taken by the metro rail operators' union to suspend their industrial actions.
Consequently, the metro will operate normally over the next two days, while the same union proposes that, provided volunteers are found, its operation to continue during Tuesday night to Wednesday June 29, for continuous service to be provided for whatever demonstrators head to central Athens to protest.