PPC protest ac­tion to cause black­outs, start­ing to­day

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The pow­er­ful union rep­re­sent­ing work­ers of the Pub­lic Power Cor­po­ra­tion, GENOP, yes­ter­day her­alded rolling 48-hour strikes in protest at the gov­ern­ment’s in­sis­tence on push­ing ahead with the pri­va­ti­za­tion of PPC. It is ex­pected that the strikes, which are to be­gin in the early hours of this morn­ing, will cause wide­spread black­outs. Union­ists have called the ac­tion two weeks be­fore the gov­ern­ment is to sub­mit leg­is­la­tion in Par­lia­ment paving the way for the state to re­duce its hold­ings in PPC from 51 per­cent to 34 per­cent. The pro­vi­sion is part of the gov­ern­ment’s con­tro­ver­sial midterm fis­cal pro­gram which also fore­sees new tax in­creases and spend­ing cuts in the pub­lic sec­tor. PPC union­ists have de­manded talks with new Fi­nance Min­is­ter Evan­ge­los Venize­los and his pre­de­ces­sor Ge­orge Pa­pa­con­stanti­nou, who has as­sumed the En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy port­fo­lio.

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