Greek planes, trains, buses to stop on labour day

ATHENS - Greek trades unions have called a nationwide strike for Thursday that will see public transport and some international flights grind to a halt during labour day celebrations.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Wed 30 Apr 2008, 6:27 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:47 AM

"On May 1 we will strike to secure our labour rights, and change the current policy of inequality, belt-tightening and high prices," Greece's GSEE union, which represents about 2 million private sector workers, said in a statement.

Greek unions have organised a series of strikes since the conservative government was re-elected in September last year on a platform pledging to loosen stringent workplace rules and fix the country's ailing pension system.

State carrier Olympic Airlines will operate only one flight per international and domestic destination on Thursday, and around 60 flights will be cancelled, the airline said.

Greek rail company TrainOSE will operate only eight emergency train services throughout the country, while Athens's public transport will also be disrupted with busses, trolleys, trams and metro services shutting during the day.

Months of protests have seen public transport disruption, government services shut down and nationwide power cuts as workers oppose the government's tighter spending and labour policies and privatisations.

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