Strike to cause travel misery
A general strike is expected to cause severe traffic disruptions in downtown Athens today. Protesters in Syntagma Square are expected to join the GSEE and ADEDY union groups that have called the 24-hour general strike.
Hospitals, health centers and ambulance staff will operate on skeleton staffs as doctors and nurses hold a walkout, while ferries and passenger ships will remain docked due to a 24-hour strike by the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO). Shops will close between noon and 3 p.m. Greek airtraffic controllers said they would not take part in the strike.
People using public transport should expect snags and delays on Wednesday as services will be hit by work stoppages. The Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (ISAP) will run from 8 a.m. to midnight, commuter buses from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., trolley buses from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the tram from 6 a.m. to midnight. OSE trains and the Proastiakos suburban railway will not be operating at all, while the Athens metro will suspend its services to the city’s international airport.